Dominic Moore, 30, a gritty veteran center, had plenty of competition during his Thornhill, Ontario, childhood with older brothers Mark and Steve, with whom he played at Harvard. Moore has been inspired by his mother, Anna, who is paralyzed on her right side, and Steve, whose career was derailed in 2004 while with the Avalanche when then-Canuck (and current Red Wing) Todd Bertuzzi punched him in the head from behind, causing a concussion, nerve damage and fractured vertebra. Moore discussed his family, Harvard, the movie The Social Network and his tennis passion with St. Petersburg Times writers Joe Smith and Damian Cristodero.
What was it like playing on the same Harvard team with your brothers, Mark and Steve?
It was a tribute to my parents and all the sacrifices they made. For them that was neat because that year they could watch one game and see all of us play, as opposed to driving all around Ontario.
What was the situation with your mother, Anna?
She had surgery to remove a brain tumor, and it didn't go well. She had a stroke, so she's permanently paralyzed on the right side of her body. She's battled really hard to get a lot of stuff back, but she can't run. She's blind in one eye. But she's a pretty amazing person. With half her capabilities she's still incredibly active, swimming.
Like I said, she's gotten a lot of it back, but she's still limited in a lot of ways.
How old were you when that happened?
How much of an inspiration is she?
It shows you someone who has been dealt a tough hand who doesn't feel sorry for herself. She just fights. That's a good example right there. And obviously my dad (Jack), as well, incredibly hard on him. He's raising three boys essentially on his own for a good period of time there, not to mention keeping a roof over our head. That shows a lot of fight, too.
What's your brother Steve been up to since the Bertuzzi incident?
He's in Toronto. He's been doing a little bit of consulting work. For about five years he was doing everything he possibly could to see if he could play, but it just wasn't in the cards, so turn the page. He's figuring out what he wants to do as far as a career.
Where does his civil lawsuit against Bertuzzi over what happened stand?
That's still pending, and who knows when that will be done.
Since all of you guys went to Harvard, we wondered if you saw The Social Network (about the founding of Facebook by Harvard students) and what you thought.
I thought it was really well done, well acted. And well written. A lot of the Harvard stuff was fairly accurate, except the parties weren't quite as exotic as they made it out to be. And the people aren't as nerdy as they made them out to be, either. I know a lot of people who know those guys, both the twins (Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss) and (Mark) Zuckerberg and stuff. (The twins sued Mark Zuckerberg over the ownership of Facebook.)
Who would play you in a movie?
I don't know, probably myself. I did take a few acting classes at school, and I enjoyed it.
You've played with Penguins star Sidney Crosby (in 2006-07) and Steven Stamkos. How would you compare them?
They're different kinds of players, but at the same time, the intangibles that they have are very similar, as far as both are extremely competitive and very dedicated. They lead by example.
You've said you love tennis. What's your favorite spectator moment?
I've been fortunate enough to see some great tennis. I've seen Roger Federer in the final of the U.S. Open a couple years ago. That was pretty neat. I've been to a lot of tennis. It was my passion. I used to be a ball kid when I was young.
If the Lightning wins the Stanley Cup, what would you do on your day with it?
I'd obviously try to throw a barbecue or something and invite pretty much everyone I know and be able to share it, because I think that's why you play. You want to be able to share moments like that with people you love. And obviously that includes the team, but also includes family, because they're all part of your success.