The San Jose Sharks' Dominic Moore revealed Tuesday that his wife has undergone surgery for liver cancer.
Moore, 31, missed the Sharks' final two playoff games against St. Louis, and no reason was given at the time.
Moore's wife, Katie, had become ill toward the end of the season and doctors recommended she have surgery, the Sharks centre said in a statement Tuesday.
"Ultimately, Katie was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and it was recommended that she undergo surgery, which took place in California in April," Moore said.
"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."
There was no update on her current health.
Moore had four goals and 21 assists in 79 regular-season games.
FRANCIS GETS BOOST
Ron Francis, who is entering his seventh season in the Carolina Hurricanes front office, was promoted Tuesday to vice-president of hockey operations.
Among other moves, Rod Brind'Amour will serve as an assistant coach next season after working for two years in the Hurricanes front office. Assistant coach Dave Lewis and director of defencemen development Glen Wesley were given contract extensions, while former Hurricane Cory Stillman has joined the organization, taking Brind'Amour's old job as director of forwards development.
Greg Stefan is rejoining the staff as the Hurricanes goalie coach while Tom Barrasso, an assistant coach last season, will remain with the team as a pro scout.
"Kirk (Muller, Hurricanes coach) wanted to change the structure of how the goalie coach worked," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Greg had success with Cam (Ward) when we won the Cup and Cam won the Conn Smythe Trophy (in 2006)."
Jason Karmanos is now executive vice-president and assistant general manager.
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