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Dominic Moore’s wife, Katie, passes away after battle with liver cancer

Jan 8, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

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Some sad news to report — Katie Moore, wife of veteran NHLer Dominic Moore, has passed away after a battle with liver cancer.

The hockey world first learned of Katie’s illness shortly after Dominic missed the final two games of San Jose’s opening-round playoff loss to St. Louis.

In early June, the Sharks released the following statement on Dominic’s behalf:

There have been a lot of questions and concerns raised since it was revealed that I had to miss several games of the Sharks/Blues playoff series due to a family matter and I wanted to update extended family, friends, and former teammates on our situation.

Towards the end of the 2011-12 season, my wife, Katie, began feeling ill. We visited with local doctors, who suggested running a variety of tests to ascertain the cause of the issue. Ultimately, Katie was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and it was recommended that she undergo surgery, which took place in California in April.

While it was disappointing to not be able to compete with my Sharks teammates in the playoffs, my wife’s condition and care come first and I want to thank the Sharks organization, my teammates and their families for the love and support that has been shown to Katie and I during this difficult time.

Condolences to Dominic and the entire Moore family for the loss.

Update (8:45 p.m. ET): Dominic Moore released a statement through the NHLPA on his wife’s passing:

On behalf of my family, I’d like to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming care and sympathy we have received since my wife’s passing on Monday. The example Katie displayed throughout her life and in particular during her illness is a source of continued strength and inspiration for us all, as is the love and support of those around us. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the future Katie Moore foundation at

  1. nykingfan - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM sad.
    Thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family

    • handsofsweed - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Who the eff thumbed this down??? Whoever it was, I hope your testicles get smashed in a vice. Creep.

      • hajduk33 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        A lot of anti-religion people will thumbs down anything with offers of “prayers”.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        People who do the thumbs down on stuff like this are usually kids who don’t have any life of their own and who are influenced by what they see on tv or school and have no idea what Dominic or his family went through at some point these people in their life they will find out….been there Dominic may his wife be at peace prayers for his family

  2. Geoff Nichols - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Thoughts have been and will continue to be with Moorsy. At the very least, Katie is no longer in pain.

  3. elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Sad, after such an unnecessary lockout and happiness over the season returning, to hear of real life reminding us of what’s important.

  4. heshutziscores - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Wow, that’s just awful

  5. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Ugh that’s just terrible. Prayers headed Moore’s way. 😦

  6. themajorleagueuser - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    My condolences goes out to Dominic Moore, and his family.

    Support the American Liver Foundation for funding for treatment and possibly a cure someday

  7. shutyourfivehole - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the Moore family for their tragic loss. Terrible.

  8. Brandon - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    My condolences and prayers to Dominic and the entire Moore family during this difficult time. I have lost both my parents to forms of Cancer, it is a disease that shows no boundaries from the young to the old and all in between, I pray one day soon there will be a cure found for this illness such a horrible thing…

  9. matt8204 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Sad and unfair. It’s terrible when anyone dies, but to go so young…you’re robbed of so many life experiences. Condolences to her family and friends.

  10. steelers88 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Sad to hear. F.R.O.G. Fully Relying On God.

  11. klownboy - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    God bless him and her family

  12. lsxphotog - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Wow…I just stared at the screen for a bit when I read it. Then I read it again. That’s really sad. Dominic Moore was one of my favorite players on the Lightning when he was in Tampa. He is a really nice guy and I’m sad to hear of his loss.

  13. tbbolts - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Speaking for the Tampa fans, our sympathies are with you. Lost my dad to liver cancer…it’s one of the worst.

  14. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Unfortunate loss. Good thing he was able to spend as much time with her.

  15. charliereno - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I cannot imagine what I would do if I lost my wife; I know I’d be a permanent mess, that’s for sure. While he’s not a Blackhawk, I’ll be rooting for this guy from here on out and thinking positive thoughts for him and his family.

  16. mpg44 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Only good out of this lockout is that he was able to spend that time with her and not on the road. Deepest condolences to the Moore family.

  17. bassman174 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    so very sad. God Bless!!!

  18. mistercue62 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Sorry, Dominic, I genuinely am. I lost both of my parents to cancer in recent years so while I can’t say that I know exactly what you’re going through, I do know the pain and sadness of such a devastating loss.

    I try to remember the words of George Harrison (another tragic victim of cancer) when he quoted the advice of the Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi in the aftermath of the death of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, “Try to keep your thoughts of (her) happy as those thoughts will travel to her wherever she is”

    BTW, I am a long-standing Toronto Maple Leafs fan and I have to say that you were my favorite player at the time; I was so sad to see you go!

    Hang in there, Dominic! Smile when you think of her.

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