Thursday, March 23, 2006

The other Moore brother

Of the three Moore brothers from Thornhill, Ont., one is more well-known than his siblings — more for what happened to him than anything else.

Steve Moore, of course, made headlines around the world when he had his head bashed in by Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi in March, 2004. The youngest of the Moore brothers, 25-year-old Dominic (pictured), also gets his fair share of pub as a plugger for the New York Rangers.

The eldest brother, Mark, however, is a guy you rarely hear much about. That could be something that's soon to change.

Globe and Mail national columnist Roy MacGregor wrote about Mark Moore in yesterday's paper, and we learn that he's been busy working on a personal project: writing a book on hockey. (Could this be the Great Hockey Novel Tom Benjamin has been searching for?)

As many hockey fans know, the Moore brothers all are all brilliant men — all three attended Harvard University — but MacGregor tells us further that Mark scored an unthinkable 1590 (out of 1600) on his SATs.

And here he is, writing a hockey book. It's title? Saving The Game: Pro Hockey's Quest to Raise its Game from Crisis to New Heights.

Like his brother, Steve, Mark's pro hockey career was also ended due to concussion problems.
It is 420 pages long, at times delving into complicated physics, at times telling the heart-wrenching story of both the Moore boys' injuries and the horrors of post-concussion syndrome...

The book ... should be of interest to anyone who wonders how this game got itself into such a fix, how it has done so far in extricating itself, and what still needs to be done.

It is not a rant against the Todd Bertuzzis of hockey nor a condemnation of the game that today has both Moore brothers living back home with their parents north of Toronto, waiting for that clear day doctors say is coming but cannot say when.

Moore is not writing to grind an axe, but to bring something necessary back to a sport that had sadly lost its edge.
Very, very interesting stuff. I can't find any links online that offer more information on the book, but suffice to say it's likely something we'll be hearing a lot about in the future. I recommend getting your hands on MacGregor's full piece for a better idea of Moore's ideas to fix hockey.

At least we know Harvard's on the case.

3 Comments:

At 9:11 AM, March 23, 2006, Blogger Matt Saler said...

Looks like Amazon's got it.

 
At 9:50 AM, March 23, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

When I write a book, it is going to be 420 pages long too.

Great post Mr. Mirtle.

 
At 10:20 AM, March 23, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

As many hockey fans know, the Moore brothers all are all brilliant men — all three attended Harvard University — but MacGregor tells us further that Mark scored an unthinkable 1590 (out of 1600) on his SATs.

The Harvard bit doesn't necessarily mean brilliant but that SAT score is damned impressive.

 

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