Dominic Moore earns Masterton nomination

Each year the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association votes on a nominee for the NHL’s William Masterton Memorial Trophy, an award that honors the player that best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.

This year, the choice was an absolute no-brainer.

Veteran Dominic Moore won our vote by a landslide, because the 33-year-old veteran forward is the very embodiment of those qualities.

As you may know, Moore returned to the NHL for his second tour with the Rangers after taking a year off following the tragic passing of his wife, Katie. Katie died of a rare form of liver cancer last January at the age of 32.

Though the Rangers expressed interest in Moore following the NHL lockout, he opted to take the remainder of the shortened 2013 season.

Moore then signed with New York as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2013 and has thrived as a pivotal player on the team’s penalty-killing unit and fourth line. Most recently, Moore’s line of hard-working forwards -- which includes Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett -- has been the team’s most consistent and effective.

Moore, a former standout at Harvard University who has spent time with nine different NHL teams, has six goals and 18 points this season.

Congrats to him on this well-deserved nomination. Very well-deserved.