New York Rangers center Dominic Moore won the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy award, given to the NHL player who represents the utmost sportsmanship and perseverance, on Tuesday night. Moore beat out New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr and Manny Malhorta of the Carolina Hurricanes for the trophy.
Moore has overcome a lot in the past year. The 33 year old took an 18-month leave of absence from the NHL after his wife, Katie, passed away from a rare form of liver cancer in January of 2013. When he was able to put on the skates, the Harvard alum came full circle and signed with the Rangers on a one-year deal this past offseason.
In that one year, Moore helped the Rangers find depth in the fourth line and contributed in every way possible. While he only had six goals and 18 points in 73 regular season games, his ability to win face-offs and kill penalties proved how valuable he was to the team.
Moore is currently a free agent, and he’s the definition of a journeyman, playing for nine teams in his career to this date. But as he enters free agency again, one has to wonder if he’ll re-sign to a multi-year contract with the Rangers, or sign somewhere else for more money to support the Katie Moore Foundation, a foundation he founded in memory of his deceased wife.
One thing’s for sure, Moore more than deserved to win this year’s Masterson. All of his teammates used him as inspiration, as well as Martin St. Louis playing after his mother passed, throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He might not be a standout player, but Moore is exactly what every championship team needs.