San Jose Sharks center Dominic Moore released a statement Tuesday to explain his absence from the team's playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. In the statement, he explained that he left the team to be with his wife, Katie, as she underwent surgery for a rare form of liver cancer in April.
"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."
All thoughts and prayers go out to Moore, and most especially his wife as she continues to undergo treatment.
For more on Moore and the Sharks, head over to the SB Nation blog Fear The Fin.