San Jose Sharks center Dominic Moore revealed Tuesday that his wife underwent surgery for liver cancer.
Moore played just three of San Jose's five games in the Western Conference quarterfinals against St. Louis in April because of the issue.
"Towards the end of the 2011-12 season, my wife, Katie, began feeling ill," Moore said in a statement Tuesday. "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."
Moore had four goals and 21 assists in 79 regular-season games.