The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
In his speech accepting the award, Moore said "Thank you, first it's great to see Rich standing here and hopefully we will see him on the ice soon. Perhaps, next year. I really appreciate and feel very grateful for this award. It's an award I have a ton of respect for. Perseverance is something that I have tried to bring into my life and it's something that doesn't happen on your own and it's a team thing. I would like to thank my family, my friends, the Rangers organization, my teammates. I have had a lot of good examples of perseverance and none more than my wife Katie so this award is very meaningful and I am very grateful so thank you."
7:46PM: Moore spoke with PK Subban and said, "We all grew up dreaming about this and taking some time off you appreciate the little things about the game.....The simplest advice is to get better everyday and who knows where it will take you."
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From the Rangers:
LAS VEGAS, June 24, 2014 – New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
The Thornhill, Ontario native, who missed the entire 2012-13 season, established the Katie Moore Foundation in 2013. The foundation’s mission is to help energize medical science looking for paths to safety and healing, and to provide more direction, advocacy, and community for patients and families battling rare cancers. The foundation bears the name of Moore’s wife, who passed away on January 7, 2013 after battling a rare liver disease.
Moore, 33, registered six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 73 games with the Rangers this past season. He established a career-high, and tied for third on the team, in shorthanded points (three), and also won 354 of 648 faceoffs (54.6%) during the season. Moore tied a single-game career-high by recording two goals, including the game-winning goal, on January 4 at Toronto. He tallied the first shorthanded assist of his career on January 19 vs. Washington, and established a single-game career-high with two shorthanded points (one goal, one assist) on March 5 vs. Toronto. The Rangers forward tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and won 10 of 15 faceoffs (66.7%) during the Stadium Series on January 26 at New Jersey and January 29 at the NY Islanders. Moore registered his 200th career NHL point with an assist on March 9 vs. Detroit and skated in his 600th career NHL game on April 5 vs. Ottawa.
In 25 games during the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-0, 192-pounder registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 24 penalty minutes. Moore established playoff career-highs in games played, game-winning goals (two) and shots on goal (28). He led the team in faceoff win percentage (54.5%; 175-for-321), and tied for second on the team – and tied for sixth in the NHL – in game-winning goals in the playoffs. Moore tied a single-game playoff career-high with two assists in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 17 at Montreal. He tallied the only goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 vs. Montreal to help the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Moore is the fifth Ranger to receive the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy since it was first awarded following the 1967-68 season, joining Jean Ratelle (1970-71), Rod Gilbert (1975-76), Anders Hedberg (1984-85), and Adam Graves (2000-01). The Montreal Canadiens are the only organization other than the Rangers to have five recipients of the trophy.
From the NHL:
New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore is the 2013-14 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.
Moore 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.
A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
Other finalists for this year’s honor were Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils and Manny Malhotra of the Carolina Hurricanes.