Former Shark Dominic Moore returning to NHL

Former Shark Dominic Moore returning to NHL
July 27, 2013, 10:30 am
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In 23 regular season games with the Sharks, Dominic Moore registered six assists and 29 shots on goal. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Dominic Moore is set to return to the NHL after sitting out the 2012-'13 season following the passing of his wife, Katie, who died of liver cancer in January.

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Moore last suited up for San Jose, who acquired the 32-year-old pivot at the 2012 trade deadline in exchange for a second-round draft pick. In 23 regular season games, he registered six assists and averaged just under 14 minutes of ice time.

Moore recently discussed his decision to step away from hockey last season with NHL.com, acknowledging that it was a difficult choice to make.

"Deciding not to play was the right and only thing to do," he said. "I knew if I wasn't going to be able to give it 100 percent of my focus, I didn't want to do something halfway and not be all-in. Taking time off was the right thing to do when you don't believe you'll be able to perform up to the standard you expect from yourself. It was the right call to make, although it was extremely difficult."

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Moore signed a one-year contract worth $1 million on July 5 with the New York Rangers, where he began his NHL career in 2003. The ten-year veteran looks forward to returning to the team that drafted him.

“No doubt, coming back to New York is definitely what I wanted to happen," Moore said. "It was my first choice for a variety of reasons. I’ve always been drawn back there. I’m grateful that it’s come to fruition.”

Since his wife's passing, Moore has raised almost $100,000 for the Katie Moore Foundation, which was established to help raise awareness for lesser known types of cancer.