SAN JOSE – Dominic Moore has played for nine NHL teams in his 10-year career, so going into buildings that he used to call home is old hat for the 33-year old Rangers forward.
But coming back to San Jose, where he played at the end of the 2011-12 season, brings back a hurricane of emotions. Shortly after the Sharks acquired him in February of that year, Moore’s wife Katie was diagnosed with liver cancer. Moore had to leave the team during its first round playoff series against St. Louis, and his wife passed away Jan. 7, 2013, at the age of 32.
“It’s interesting being back, and a little bit weird being back,” an emotional Moore said, shortly before the Sharks-Rangers game on Tuesday night at SAP Center. “Last time I was here, basically, there are some good memories – the last memories of a healthy wife, and also obviously other memories when things started to turn, with the illness and stuff. It’s kind of a clash of memories there. That’s just the way it is.”
Moore expressed his gratitude to the Sharks’ organization, specifically the team’s wives and girlfriends, who have since helped raise money for the Katie Moore Foundation. According to its website, the Katie Moore Foundation is “dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy, and community.”
“It shows a lot about the kind of people over there, so that goes a long way,” Moore said.
Moore sat out the shortened 2013 season before signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rangers over the summer. Getting back into the swing of things has its challenges.
“It’s great to be back into the routine of the season, and everything like that,” he said. “Having taken so much time off, that part is difficult trying to get back into the rhythm of everything. I feel good. The goal is to improve every single day throughout the course of the season, and see how it goes.”
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