Lo­cal boy is a Leaf once again

Do­minic Moore is one of a few vet­er­ans added to the Leafs ros­ter this sea­son

Bayview Post - - Life - by Chris Suppa

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

Do­minic Moore

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