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Dominic Moore wins 2014 Masterton Trophy

Jun 24, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

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New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore won the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Moore sat out the 2012-13 season after the death of his wife Katie before returning to the NHL with the Rangers this season.

He helped his team make a spirited run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and founded the Katie Moore Foundation in 2013.

Moore spoke with the New York Times about the challenges he faced after his wife’s death:

“Coming back after missing so much time was incredibly difficult,” Moore said. “There were no shortcuts, and I owe a lot to the people around me for helping me get through. My attitude has always been to get better every day, and this mentality really helped me this year.”

Moore, 33, is the fifth Rangers player to win this award.

Other nominees included New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr and Carolina Hurricanes center Manny Malhotra.



  1. johnstone17 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Congratulations to Dominic Moore !!!! Well Deserved.

  2. a3738294 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    That is a huge slap in the face to Manny Malhotra.

    You cannot even compare the challenge of overcoming a physical obstacle with the inherent self-doubt.

    A death in the family has never been the criteria for the Masterson trophy before. I’m not knocking Dominic Moore, he never asked for the trophy, and it is a tragedy. But tragedies are too common, and you do not want to be in the position of ranking them — at least the fraction of tragedies which the public knows about. What about Taylor Pyatt now? What about a teammate of Boogard that was fighting through depression on their own when they got news of his suicide.

    • ntvd7 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Maybe you’d be impressed if he lost his wife after he got hit in the eye?

    • stakex - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Injuries and amazing comebacks from them are also very common…. far more common than a player losing their significant other in a prolonged caner fight that cost them a full season of their career.

      I’d also point out that Malhotra was nominated for the same award, for overcoming this same injury, two seasons ago. At this point its hard to know if its that injury he’s overcoming, or his diminishing skills.

    • moarjam - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:48 PM


      Uhhh you must be single there bud. The guy lost his wife at an extremely early age. I can’t even imagine going through that.

      No offense to Manny (and I feel like an idiot comparing the two) but I’ll take blurry vision in one eye over losing my other half. Not even a question.

    • argofckyourself - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Dom Moore lost his wife to cancer and witnessed his brother get paralyzed thanks to one of the dirtiest hits in NHL history from Bertuzzi. Is that not enough tragedy to go through this early in his life? Oh, and Marc Staal suffered a way more traumatic eye injury than Manny Malholtra, and he’s actually in the prime of his career. The fact that you would even compare the two circumstances is a joke. Poor Malholtra, I have no idea how he’s gonna make it through the rest of his career (which was almost over to begin with, eye injury or not) having to wear a visor. What an inspiration.

    • phtjoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      “A death in the family has never been the criteria for the Masterton trophy” Nor has “overcoming a physical obstacle with the inherent self-doubt”.

      The votes go to players who demonstrate perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

      Malhotra would not have been a bad choice, but nor was voting for Moore.

  3. nysportsrule - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    What are you talking about? I’m not trying to put Malhotra down, but Moore deserved this award just as much and maybe more than anyone else. The award is about overcoming obstacles and perseverance. Trying to say Moore didn’t overcome obstacles or persevere is just dumb.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Everybody just hug!!

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Everybody just hug!!

  6. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Dominic Moore was a great candidate and well deserving but in my mind My boy Jags (Jaromir Jagr) should of won it this year. What a year he had for the Devils this year. Hope he has another like that next year.

    • gimmethecreeps - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Pretty sure nobody calls him “Jags”, seeing as it doesn’t even abbreviate his last name. He’s obviously not your boy. Stop trying so hard bro.

  7. timmmah10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    The only thing Jagr overcame was old age…

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