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Moore Shines in NHL Debut; Notches Three Assists

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Friday ... three assists in his National Hockey League debut tonight. Not a bad start for Blueshirt rookie forward Dominic Moore, who raised a lot of eyebrows in New York's 5-1 win over Montreal.


"It was a good team win," said an excited yet modest Moore after the game. "It's nice to have a good team effort like that and come out on top. I was just trying to keep things simple and not try to do too much. I got lucky with a few bounces. I just wanted to put the puck at the net and see what happened and I got fortunate."

Moore, who in addition to even strength ice time, also received power play and penalty killing minutes, talked about the excitement surrounding his first game.

"It's a different atmosphere out there," he said, comparing the NHL with the level of play in the AHL and college hockey. "I was just excited to be here and tried to take it all in."

Prior to his recall, the 23-year old netted three goals and added 10 penalty minutes in seven games with the Wolf Pack this season.

Last season, the 6-1, 196-pound forward skated in 34 matches with Harvard University (ECAC), leading the club with 24 goals and 51 points. The Harvard captain received numerous honors during his senior season, including being named a 2003 Ice Hockey All-American. He was also selected as the winner of the John Tudor Cup as the team's most valuable player and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team at the ECAC Championships and the NCAA East Regional.

In 128 career games with the Crimson, Moore tallied 64 goals and 83 assists for 147 points, along with 135 penalty minutes. He finished his collegiate career ranked 11th on Harvard's all-time scoring list (147), 10th in goals(64) and 18th in assists (83). Following his freshmen season in 2000, he was selected to ECAC All-Rookie Team and was honored as Ivy League Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore in 2001, he was named a Second-Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Ivy selection, while as a junior in 2002, he was named an Honorable Mention All-ECAC pick and a Second Team All-Ivy selection.

"I decided to stay in school last year because you only go through college once," he added when asked about his decision to stay at Harvard rather than signing a professional contract.

"It was a unique experience and I had the chance to be captain my senior year, so I definitely feel like I made the right decision. I'm a big believer that things take care of themselves."

The native of Thornhill, Ontario was the Rangers third round choice, 95th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


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Moore Recalled from Hartford (AHL) - 10/31/2003
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