After struggling to produce consistently during his first four pro seasons, Todd Bertuzzi emerged in 1999-2000 as vital part of the Vancouver Canucks future. The 6'3" 235-pounder could play rough when necessary but was even more impressive when exhibiting the touch of a goal scorer.
Bertuzzi played with his hometown Legion and Cubs in the NOHA before joining the OHL's Guelph Storm in 1991-92. After scoring 27 goals in his second year with the club, he was considered a blue chip NHL prospect. Bertuzzi was chosen 23rd overall by the New York Islanders at the 1993 Entry Draft and returned to his junior club to develop. He scored 82 points in 1993-94 the exploded for 54 goals the next season when he led the Storm to an appearance at the Memorial Cup tournament. Following the 1994-95 season, the young talent was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team.
The burly rookie scored 18 goals for the Isles in 1995-96 but was unable to stay healthy or play consistently during his second year with the club. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in February 1998 along with Bryan McCabe for veteran Trevor Linden. Following an injury plagued 1998-99 season Bertuzzi scored a career high 25 goals in 1999-00 and played a robust style all over the ice. He duplicated these numbers the following year before breaking out for 36 goals and was one of the top player in the league during the second half of the 2001-02 season.
Bertuzzi would build on his success from 2001-02, and alongside Markus Naslund, the two became one of the most dangerous tandems in the league. In 2002-03, Bertuzzi established career highs in goals (46), assists (51) and points (97)and was named to the NHL's 1st All-Star Team. Following a career year in 2002-03, Bertuzzi scoring pace slowed down in 2003-04 and subsequently his season was ended abruptly on March 11, 2004 following an on ice incident with Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore. Bertuzzi's actions during a March 9 game resulted in him being suspended for the balance of the regular season and the entire post season.
Due to his on ice actions, Bertuzzi was suspended by the league until August of 2005. The followings season saw Bertuzzi's point production decrease while the Canucks missed the 2005-06 NHL playoffs. On June 23, 2006, Bertuzzi was traded to the Florida Panters with Bryan Allen and Alex Auld for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and Florida's 6th round choice (Sergei Shirokov)in the 2006 Entry Draft.
As a member of the Panthers, Bertuzzi would record a point in his first seven games of the 2006-07 regular season. However, early into that season Bertuzzi had experienced back spasms and as a result opted to have back surgery on November 2nd, 2006. The surgery put the power forward out of commission for over three months as the Panthers struggled without him. After competing in a mere seven games with the Panthers, the club decided to send Bertuzzi to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a pair of conditional draft picks at the 2007 NHL trading deadline.
Bertuzzi's stint with the Red Wings, although enjoyable, was short lived. After only 15 regular season and 11 playoff games, Bertuzzi found himself on the move once again signing a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Bertuzzi played 68 games with the Ducks and managed to record 40 points. However, the Ducks' General Manager Brian Burke required more cap space to re-sign core players in the off season and as a result Bertuzzi was placed on waivers. In the summer of 2008, he signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames.
In the summer of 2009, Bertuzzi found himself again a free-agent and would rejoin the Red Wings, signing a one-year contract.