Rangers' Dominic Moore a Masterton Trophy nominee

Dominic Moore dives for the puck during the

Dominic Moore dives for the puck during the first period of a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Karl B DeBlaker

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EDMONTON - Rangers center Dominic Moore has been nominated for this season’s Masterton Trophy, which honors “a high degree of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

For Moore, 33, this season not only marks a return to the team who drafted him out of Harvard University in 2000, but a return to the NHL, where he has played for nine teams.

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The Ontario native took a leave of absence from the San Jose Sharks during the 2012 playoffs to be with his wife Katie, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She died on Jan. 7, 2013 and Moore sat out the 2012-13 season, sorting out his life and setting up a research foundation.

He signed a one-year contract with the Rangers last July, and has six goals and 12 assists in 66 games, playing primarily on the fourth line and the penalty kill.

Moore was selected in a vote by the New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Writers covering each NHL team nominate candidates and vote after the season. The last Ranger to win the trophy was Adam Graves in 2000-01.

First awarded following the 1967-68 season, the trophy is named for Bill Masterton of the Minnesota North Stars, who died on Jan. 15, 1968, after being injured during a game.

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