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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.

ZACH HY­MAN

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

MITCH MARNER

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.

CON­NOR BROWN

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.

GTA BOYS PLAY­ING FOR THE HOME TEAM

Moore first played with the Leafs in 2008 and racked up 41 points in the 2008-09 sea­son

Zach Hy­man

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