The San Jose Sharks organization today released the following statement from center Dominic Moore.
“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.”
The owners of the San Jose Sharks gave general manager Doug Wilson a vote of confidence as long as he makes changes after a disappointing early playoff exit.
Coach Todd McLellan, however, will have to wait to get a similar show of support from Wilson to see if he will be back for a fifth season at the helm.
The ownership group of Sharks Sports & Entertainment issued a statement Wednesday, calling a seventh-place finish in the Western Conference and a first-round playoff loss to St. Louis unacceptable, even while backing Wilson’s leadership.