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Jul 13

True Supporter-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli

Game 6 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals, the Madison Square Garden crowd was waiting for something to cheer about. If the New York Rangers beat the Montréal Canadians, the Rangers would be headed to the Stanley Cup Finals, for the first time in 20 years. Imagine, you score the game-winning goal with 1:53 left in the second period, what emotions would be going through your head, excitement, joy, a sense of accomplishment, or maybe like Dominic Moore, you would think about all that you have been through the past year and a half.
College life can teach you so many things; it also can bring people into your life that changes it forever. During this time, certain things and/or people catch your eye, for a standout hockey player at Harvard University named Dominic Moore, that person was Katie Urbanic. Moore and Urbanic were inseparable according to an E:60 report on May 15. One of their favorite things to do together was to play the word game, Scrabble, the game would be a battle until the very end according to friends of the couple.
The "significant other" of an athlete, sometimes puts his or her own dreams on hold in order to see the other realize their dream. For this couple, the situation was no different, as Moore pursued his dream of becoming a professional hockey player, Urbanic traveled with him to every city, with a number 19 jersey on her back, Moore’s number, and a smile on her face. However, after nine years together, there was one dream that Katie Urbranic would not sacrifice, that dream was to become Dominic Moore’s wife. Traditionally, the man gets down on one knee, and asks his girlfriend to marry him, in this case, the woman made the man go on a scavenger hunt, and search for Scrabble letters, which spelled out the message will you marry me.
On July 3, 2010, in Newport Rhode Island Katie Urbanic became Katie Moore. The traditional wedding vows say, " Will you love him/her, honor him/her, comfort him/her, and keep him/her in sickness and in health" Although, those sentiments were already proven to be true in this relationship, the couple had no idea how much truer the vows would become.
In April 2012, while the San Jose Sharks forward was in the middle of the playoffs, the woman he loved started to become very ill. The couple was searching for answers as to why this once vibrant woman was so ill. She was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer, often found in young women called, Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
This time, the roles were reversed; Dominic Moore gave up his chance to win the oldest and arguably the most historic trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup, to be with his wife, just like she was there for him as he chased his dream.
In between her treatments, Katie was feverishly designing her dream home. She had pages, and pages of drawings of ideas for the home. As her cancer progressed, it looked like the drawings that Katie had created would never become a realization. On August 25, after dedicated work by other family members, Katie and Dominic came home from one of their many stays in the hospital, to a finished home.
On January 7, 2013, Katie Moore died at the age of 32, before she died her loving husband wanted her to know what a fighter she was and that she was a winner. In my opinion, they are both winners, they were the true example of a loving couple they were there for each other when each of them needed them the most.