team. Moore notched 41 points as a Leaf in 2008–09, which remains a career high.
Moore went on to the Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks before returning to the Rangers and reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2013–14 season, eventually losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
Moore spent three seasons with the Rangers before playing the 2016-17 season with the Boston Bruins, playing all 82 regular season games for the third time in his career.
Moore’s long career has not been without hardships, however. In March of 2004 — his rookie year — Moore’s brother Steve suffered a serious injury from a hit by Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Steve Moore fractured three vertebrae in his neck, suffered a concussion and was never able to return to the ice.
Forest Hill native and TanenbaumCHAT (Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto) graduate, Zach Hyman was drafted in 2010 by the Florida Panthers and traded to the Leafs in 2015.
In 2012, Dominic Moore founded Smashfest, a charity pingpong tournament that supports research and advocacy for both concussions and brain injuries, as well as rare cancers. Smashfest is now in its sixth year and has raised more than $500,000.
“There’s a lot of ping-pong tables in NHL locker rooms, so I thought it would make for a great charity event,” he says. “It’s social, it’s fun, and it’s been a great success so far.”
Later in 2012, tragedy struck again. Moore’s wife, Katie was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer, and he left hockey for 18 months to be with her. Sadly, she passed away in January of 2013. In her honour, Moore created the Katie Moore Foundation, which aims to help patients and families who are dealing with rare cancers.
Moore courageously returned to the NHL for the 2013–14 season with the Rangers and was instrumental in the team’s deep
Thornhill native Mitch Marner has made a name for himself as one of the top players on the Leafs. Last season, he played 77 games and racked up 19 goals and 42 assists.
Born in Etobicoke, Connor Brown was drafted by the Leafs in 2012. He now plays right wing, scored 20 goals last season and just received a threeyear extension from the team. playoff run that year. Moore was also awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.
A lot has happened in Moore’s life since the first time he pulled on a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. He’s gone from centring the top scoring line to battling for the fourth-line centre spot this season.
As one of a handful of off-season veteran additions to a youthful Maple Leafs club, Moore will likely be asked to take on the role of “grinder,” anchoring the penaltykilling unit and winning faceoffs.
He’s won an award, created two charitable organizations and has also remarried, tying the knot with Mary Hirst in July 2015.
The pair are currently house hunting in Toronto as they prepare to make Leafs nation their home.
The homeopener is on Oct. 7 where they will face off against Moore’s former team, the Rangers.
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Moore first played with the Leafs in 2008 and racked up 41 points in the 2008-09 season