Dominic Moore's wife dies of liver cancer

The wife of Dominic Moore died Monday after a nine-month battle with liver cancer, according to the Sharks.

Moore missed San Jose's final two playoff games last April to be with his wife, Katie Moore, shortly after she was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer.

At that time, Dominic Moore released a statement to explain his wife's condition: "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."

Dominic Moore was acquired by San Jose last February in a deal with Tampa Bay. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.

The Sharks offered their condolences to the Moore family.

"The courage that she showed during her illness is an inspiration to everyone who knew her. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers," said a release by the team.

The NHL players' association also expressed their sympathy for Katie Moore's family: "All players and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Katie Moore. Katie fought her battle with courage and conviction, and she will be greatly missed. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dominic Moore and the Urbanic family, as well as Katie’s many friends."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.