June 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Judgment against former Red Wing Kevin Miller upheld; ruling could affect case against Todd Bertuzzi

Former Red Wings forward Kevin Miller skates during a game in 2003. (Tom Pidgeon / Getty Images)

Grand Rapids ó A federal judge in Michigan upheld a $1.6 million judgment against former Red Wings forward Kevin Miller for a hit from behind during a 2000 Swiss league game that ended another playerís career.

U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist in Grand Rapids ruled in favor of a Swiss insurance company. The insurer had asked the court to recognize a Swiss courtís $1.1 million judgment, which increased to $1.6 million with interest and costs.

Quist said in Thursdayís ruling that his court was following the Uniform Foreign-Country Judgments Recognition Act.

Millerís hit on Canadian national Andrew McKim caused McKim to fall forward and strike his head on the ice. He was hospitalized for weeks with a concussion and other injuries.

Miller previously refused to pay the Swiss courtís judgment.

Itís unclear how the case might influence a lawsuit filed in Canada, stemming from a hit that ended the career of former Colorado Avalanche center Steve Moore. Moore is suing Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks for $38 million for a 2004 on-ice hit in which Moore sustained a concussion and three fractured vertebrae.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, which cost him about $502,000, and he didnít play during the 2004-05 lockout season. But he was reinstated for the 2005-06 campaign and has since continued his career, most recently with Detroit.

Bertuzzi also pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced in 2006 to a year of probation and 80 hours of community service.

A trial date in that case has been set for Sept. 8 in Toronto.