Dom Moore Named a Masterton Finalist
Rangers forward Dominic Moore has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced Wednesday.
Joining Moore are New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr and Carolina Hurricanes forward Manny Malholtra.
Moore, 33, signed with the Rangers in July 2013 after not playing last season following the death of his wife, Katie, due to a rare form of liver cancer in January 2013. He had previously left the San Jose Sharks in the spring of 2012 to care for her.
Since Katie’s passing, Moore has established the Katie Moore Foundation, dedicated to helping patients and families dealing with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community.
Moore returned to the NHL this season with the Rangers, the team that drafted him in 2000 and with whom he played his first season in the NHL with in 2005-06. Moore scored six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 73 games during the regular season, and through six games this postseason, he has two goals and an assist for three points.
A $2,500 grant from the Professional Hockey Writers Association is awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Trophy winner.
Moore was nominated for the award by the New York chapter of the PHWA at the end of the regular season, and became a finalist after being one of the top-three vote getters. The winner will be announced on June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
According to the NHL, the award was originally presented by the NHL Writers’ Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey before his death on Jan. 15, 1968.