Dominic Moore has been selected as the New York Rangers’ nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as first reported by The Record’s Andrew Gross. The Masterton is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey,” and each team has one player nominated.
Gross claims that Moore was “overwhelmingly” selected as the Rangers’ representative and it’s easy to understand why. The big story is his return to the NHL after taking last season off to deal with the tragic death of his wife, Katie, who lost her battle to cancer. That in itself makes Moore a worthy candidate, but I don’t think it would do him justice to end the discussion there. He established the Katie Moore Foundation and has been very involved in charitable events. I’ve never personally interacted with him, but between his humble post-game and practice interviews as well as his down-to-earth persona on Twitter, he comes off as a really great guy.
Add in his on-ice play. he’s been a key cog in what has been a tremendous fourth line. He doesn’t take shifts off. He works hard on the forecheck and is a capable penalty killer. He’s chipped in offensively with six goals and
22 18 points. And he plays the game, as John Tortorella would say, the “right way.” Ultimately, Moore is just an all-around good guy and he is very easy to root for. I will say that in any other season Marc Staal, returning from the serious eye injury, would have been a very good candidate, but there’s no doubting that Dominic Moore is well deserving and is perhaps worthy of winning the award altogether.
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