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Getting to Know: John Moore

American defenseman signs 5-year deal

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins signed veteran defenseman John Moore to a five-year contract on Sunday worth an average annual value of $2.75 million.

"My grandfather grew up, [was] born and raised in Dorchester, so my family is pretty familiar with the city," said Moore. "He's a life-long Bruins fan and that kind of translated to my dad. Growing up in Chicago, though, it's kind of tough to follow the Bruins, but I've always had a very deep appreciation for this franchise.

"You look from an outsider's perspective, the culture, guys like [Patrice] Bergeron and [Zdeno] Chara. It's just really exciting to join that."

Last team: New Jersey Devils
 
Position: Defense
 
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
 
Weight: 210 pounds
 
Shoots: Left
 
Birthday: November 19, 1990 (27 years old)
 
Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois
 
Drafted: 2009 | 1st Round, 21st Overall (CBJ)
 
Miscellaneous
: The Illinois native played in the USHL for the nearby Chicago Steel for two years before spending a year in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers. The highly-touted Moore was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins will be Moore's fifth NHL team, and he has spent the past three seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
 
Moore appeared in 81 games last season for the Devils, averaging 20:01 time on ice per game (fourth on the Devils), and recording seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points. The eight-year veteran has appeared 447 NHL games, posting 32 goals, 67 assists and 99 points. Since the NHL switched to 3-on-3 overtime in 2015-16, Moore leads all defenseman with six extra-time goals.

"The interest was on my end as well," Moore said of choosing the Bruins. "I said to don that, an opportunity to join a team like the Bruins who I think are really close; from outsiders looking in, it looks like a really close team. A lot of really good, skilled forwards, a lot of great defensemen - an opportunity to join that and to grow my game and continue to get better is something I just couldn't pass up, so. They were at the top of my list for the entire period."
 
Scouting Report
: A smooth skating, big-bodied defenseman that likes to get involved on the offensive end. He should provide a spark in overtime and compete for top-four minutes.

"I think in this league you're either growing or your dying and I pride myself everyday on getting better and growing my game," said Moore, who played with Torey Krug on Team USA during the 2015 World Championship. "I try whatever the coaching staff asks me, whatever role they want, they see me in, I try and fit that to a 'T.'

"Everyone wants to be accountable offensively without sacrificing defense, and at my age I feel like I'm coming into the prime of my career. I want to get better in all aspects. Not just offensively but every day, doing the little thing to get better.

"You look at a guy like Zdeno Chara and look at his approach to the game on and off the ice, it's a really inspiring thing and I'm really excited to join that group led by him."

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