Local boy is a Leaf once again
Dominic Moore is one of a few veterans added to the Leafs roster this season
After 12 years in the National Hockey League, Dominic Moore is coming back home — again — to Toronto. The GTA native who attended St. Mike’s signed a oneyear, $1 million deal in the offseason to return to the Maple Leafs for his second stint with the team. He previously played with the club in 2008 and 2009.
“When I got picked up by the Leafs, it was something I was very excited about,” Moore says. “I enjoyed playing here in front of family and friends, and I’m obviously happy to be back.”
Nearly 10 years after his first appearance with the Maple Leafs, Moore now finds himself back in Toronto, at a time where optimism around the team has reached heights not seen since the ’ 90s, thanks to the rise of budding superstars Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Moore’s fellow Thornhill native Mitch Marner.
“They’re exciting to watch, to cheer for and to play with,” Moore says of his young teammates. “They had a great season last year. They should be very proud. Hopefully we can continue to build on that.”
The youngest of three hockeyplaying brothers — and second to crack the NHL after his brother Steve — Moore spent his formative years in Thornhill.
“It’s a great place to grow up, great community there,” Moore says. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place.”
Moore honed his craft with older brothers Mark and Steve at the Thornhill Community Centre, a place at which he logged plenty of practise hours.
“It was a great arena. It had two rinks, so I spent a lot of time there,” he says.
Moore also attended high school at St. Michael’s College School in Forest Hill with his brothers. St. Mike’s has produced many topshelf hockey players over the years, including the Mahovlich brothers Frank and Peter, Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin.
“They’re well known for being a great school academically, but also the sports and hockey tradition is very strong, so it was a great fit for us,” Moore says. “It was a bit of a commute coming from Thornhill, but it was something that we felt was worth it.”
From there, Moore followed his brothers to Harvard University, where they became the first trio of brothers in school history to play for the Crimson at the same time. Moore’s journey wasn’t close to being done there, though. He would follow his brother Steve to the NHL.
Moore was drafted by the New York Rangers in 2000 and split his first three seasons with the Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota Wild.
In January of 2008, Moore was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, thus beginning his first go around with his hometown