With all the rumors of trades, buyouts and contracts it makes you wonder, just what exactly do these multimillion dollar NHL players do with all that money? Sure we see the expensive cars and luxury homes but do any of them contribute to charities or give back? During the offseason I will dig deeper into the New York Rangers lives and see how and if any of them contribute beyond the ice.
Dominic Moore is a great example of someone who took a personal tragedy and actively decided to help others going through what he experienced. In 2013 he created the Katie Moore Foundation in honor of his wife who died of a rare liver cancer in January of last year. The purpose of the organization, as stated on their website found at www.katiemoore.org, is to provide help to patients and families dealing with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. Any diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, especially a diagnosis of a rare cancer, because it is so unclear where to turn or what can be done. The foundation he created is to energize medical science looking for paths to safety and healing, and to provide more direction, advocacy and community for those battling rare cancers. Dominic Moore won the 2014 NHL’s Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. During his speech he dedicated his win to her by saying “This one was for Katie”. After missing nearly 18 months from the NHL during and after Katie’s death, he came back strong in the 2013-14 season helping the Rangers battle for the Stanley Cup.
Dominic Moore’s extended family is no stranger to devastating life changes either. His older brother Steve Moore suffered a hit in 2004 that ultimately ended his NHL career while playing for the Colorado Avalanche. Taking a hit so hard to the back of the head that caused him three broken bones in the neck, a serious concussion and hospitalized him for nearly five months. He too has a self-named foundation which states a focus on the prevention and treatment of concussion and similar serious head and neck injuries in sports. The Steve Moore foundation was established in 2010 and looks to advance their mission through a variety of programs and initiatives including educating future athletes on injury prevention. His foundation and information can be found at www.stevemoorefoundation.org.
On July 24, 2014 Dominic Moore will host the third annual Smashfest charity ping-pong event which benefits both the Katie Moore and Steve Moore foundations. Smashfest is in support of concussion and rare cancer research. The fan-inspired event held at Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto will include many NHL players and celebrities showing of their ping-pong skills all in the name of raising money for a good cause. You can find more information on the upcoming event here at www.smashfest.ca.
Events and charities such as these remind us that these players are human and are so much more than numbers and stats. They are New York Rangers, our favorite hockey players and it’s heart-warming to know we have some incredibly giving hearts out on that ice. Just one more reason to love them even more than we already do.
Next featured player on New York Rangers Give Back is Mats Zuccarello.