The wife of former Sharks center Dominic Moore has died after a nine-month battle with liver cancer.
Katie Moore, who died on Monday, was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in April, two months after her husband was acquired by the Sharks just before the 2012 NHL trade deadline.
Moore did not play in San Jose's final two playoff games against St. Louis for what was only noted as personal reasons, and later released a statement explaining his absence:
"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."
Tuesday, the Sharks issued a statement offering their "heartfelt condolences to Dominic Moore and the Urbanic family regarding the passing of Katie Moore. 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."
Moore, 32, had six assists in 23 games with the Sharks as a checking center and is currently an unrestricted free agent.