Dominic Moore

NEWS: Dominic Moore nominated for the Masterton Trophy

Dominic Moore is one of three nominees for the NHL’s Masterton Trophy.

Moore was the nominee of the Rangers chapter of the PHWA.

From the NHL, the award is given to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

From the NHL, “Moore, 33, returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the League in the spring of 2012 in order to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Katie passed away at the age of 32 in January of 2013. Moore thereafter established the Katie Moore Foundation (katiemoore.org), dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. He resumed his career as an integral part of a Rangers team that earned 96 points and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.”

Former Rangers Jaromie Jagr and Manny Malhotra are the other two nominees.

Moore’s story has been featured on Hockey Night in Canada and E:60.

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Recap: Dominic Moore on NHL Live

Dom MooreDominic Moore was on NHL Live yesterday:

  • On his scoring, (laughing) “even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.”
  • On his line, “they are great teammates and linemates and I enjoy playing with those guys. We developed some chemistry over the balance of the season, since about December playing together and that chemistry counts for a lot and you learn how to use each other and work together well and we have been effective.”

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Read: Dominic Moore’s series so far

Dominic Moore was credited with the game winning goal on Sunday after he took a bouncing puck past Hal Gill and beat Steve Mason.

Moore, in his excitement of scoring, jumped into Brian Boyle’s arms and tackled him.

From the Rangers game notes, “Dominic Moore tallied the game-winning goal, added an assist, and won six of seven faceoffs (85.7%) in 12:36 of ice time. Moore has tallied goals in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career (two goals over the span). The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (two), is tied for fifth in points (three), and has won 62.5% of faceoffs taken (25-for-40) in the playoffs. “

Moore says that he loves the pressure moments and wants to embrace them. (NY Post)

In the playoffs, Moore has two goals, 1 assist, 9 shots on goal, 4 hits and has been on the ice for 35 shot attempts for 40 against and 17 shots on goal for, and 17 against. (ES)

Dave Maloney said that Moore is a smart player who uses his quickness. He adds that Moore is a bit of a pest, “a gnat” when on the ice.

Ron Duguay said that Moore is playing with a lot of passion for the Rangers.

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News: Dominc Moore nominated for Masterton Award

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4/2/14: Moore told John Giannone, “It means a lot. It’s an award that means a lot to me. What it’s for, perseverance, dedication are things that I hold in high regard. It’s an honor just to be nominated and I am grateful for the writers for nominating me, the team for all they have done and I have heard from a lot of the fans on twitter and it means a lot.”

3/30/14: 7:34PM: Moore spoke with TSN’s Ryan Rishaug:

  • On the Oilers, “lots of skill and speed and need to get pucks deep.”
  • On the Rangers, “every game we want to improve on something and we were a little looser than we wanted against Calgary.

7:10PM: Moore said before the game that he was humbled by the nomination and the support he has received from everyone during this time.  (Ranger Rants)

He said that the word perseverance is one that he has a lot of respect for and something that he saw with his wife Katie during her battle with illness. (Ranger Rants)

1:40PM: Dominic Moore has been nominated by the NY chapter of the PHWA to be the Rangers nominee for the Bill Masterton Award. (Andrew Gross)

From the NHL: “The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Read: Dominic Moore On His Status For Saturday.

Dom MooreEarlier in the week, Alain Vigneault said that if he was a betting man he would think that Dominic Moore would play against Montreal on Saturday.

Today, after skating with the full group as a forward, Moore said, via the Rangers, “I feel good….I’m ready to go.”

Moore has been out with an oblique injury.

Practice: Dominic Moore On For Full Practice (Rick Nash skated earlier)

4:16PM: Dominic Moore met with the media this morning and said:

  • On being ready to return, “I think so but….it’s just a matter of getting better everyday and testing it.”
  • What does the injury hamper, “it’s one of those muscles that is a bit of everything. It’s a matter of continuing to test it and hopefully it keeps getting better. It feels good.”
  • It’s good to be practicing and it’s good to test the muscle and see how it feels.
  • How do you feel, “I feel good. I feel good.”
  • On skating with Rick Nash, “Nasher is, it’s great to see him on his feet and on the ice. He has to be patient and work little by little to get better.”

1:34PM: Alain Vigneault, via the team on twitter, said that Moore will not play tomorrow but will likely return on Saturday in Montreal.

12:50PM: The team, on twitter, says that Nash skated prior to practice today.

12:13PM: Andrew Gross notes that Moore is skating on defense and easing back in the same way that Carl Hagelin did.

12:05PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Dominic Moore is going through a full practice with the Rangers today.

Neither Taylor Pyatt or Rick Nash are skating.

It is likely that the team doesn’t want Nash skating with the full group right now and he could have skated before practice or after when fewer players are on the ice.

Read: Dominic Moore Updates His Status

Dom MooreDominic Moore skated on his own today and met with the media, via the Rangers , as he recovers from his oblique injury:

  • Was it your first skate today, “Just to test it out and see who it felt. It’s progress. I need to keep ramping it up little by little and see how it goes.”
  • What will be the big test, “It’s one of those spots where you, everything you do uses that spot. You gradually ramp it up and when you are at a spot where it’s comfortable and can tolerate the demands of playing you know you are good to go.”
  • What happened to cause the injury, “It was on one of the faceoffs. It felt like it went. I was a faceoff early in the game. That hit, it had already happened. I was trying to stabilize myself but it was after the fact.”
  • Will you travel to Columbus, “not sure yet.”
  • On his season, “I was starting to feel better, 3 or 4 games before getting hurt I was starting to feel better. I just gotta stay positive and keep working and be patient because it will come around soon.

Alain Vigneault said that Moore is still under the same 7-10 day banner for a return as he was last week.