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Former Lightning forward Dominic Moore missed playoff games to be close to ailing wife

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

San Jose Sharks forward Dominic Moore, who spent the better part of two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to being traded this past February, revealed in a statement that he missed a pair of postseason games this spring in order to be close to his ailing wife, Katie, who was diagnosed in April with a rare form of liver cancer.

Katie underwent surgery shortly after the diagnosis, however Moore still remained absent from the final two games of the Sharks’ first-round series against the St. Louis Blues after receiving the team’s permission to do so.

Moore thanked the organization and his teammates for their support and said Katie is still being treated, but offered no further details.

In the statement released by the Sharks organization on behalf of Moore, the forward offered:

“There have been a lot of questions and concerns raised since it was revealed that I had to miss several games of the Sharks-Blues playoff series due to a family matter and I wanted to update extended family, friends, and former teammates on our situation.

“Towards the end of the 2011-12 season, my wife, Katie, began feeling ill. We visited with local doctors, who suggested running a variety of tests to ascertain the cause of the issue. Ultimately, Katie was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and it was recommended that she undergo surgery, which took place in California in April.

“While it was disappointing to not be able to compete with my Sharks teammates in the playoffs, my wife’s condition and care come first and I want to thank the Sharks organization, my teammates and their families for the love and support that has been shown to Katie and I during this difficult time.

“We continue to pursue the best treatment and care for Katie.”

Moore recorded four goals and 19 points in 56 games this past season with the Bolts, but played a key role in helping the Lightning return to the playoffs in 2010-11 for the first time in four seasons. While with Tampa Bay, Moore appeared in 133 regular season games, recording 22 goals and 51 points in that span.

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