Arrows Captain Dan Moor Retires
Toronto Arrows captain Dan Moor has announced his retirement from professional rugby. The Arrows put out a press release early on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, Moor followed it up with a touching message on his Instagram:
As captain of the Arrows, Moor was undoubtedly a fan favourite. After the announcement, messages from fans, media, legends of the game, and teammates began flooding social media.
Moor’s rugby career has taken him through Balmy Beach RFC, Crescent School, Queen’s University, Oxford University, Yorkshire Carnegie, and the Toronto Arrows. Moor also represented his province with the Ontario Blues on numerous occasions and was capped 14 times by Canada (scoring four tries). Moor retires as the Arrows’ franchise leader in numerous statistical categories including minutes played (1,574), metres carried (1,345), offloads (11), tackle breaks (11), and of course tries (11).
Moor has provided Arrows fans with plenty of memories throughout his two seasons with the club. Moor scored two tries in the franchise opening match against the NOLA Gold, getting a quick start on his franchise leading pace. Moor followed that up by charging down a kick from Soheyl Jaoudat to score a try in the 74th minute against the Austin Elite. That try would prove to be the game-winner in the Arrows’ first MLR victory.
When fans finally got the opportunity to see live professional rugby union on Canadian soil for the first time, Moor awarded their patience by accepting a pass from Spencer Jones and dotting down the club’s first home try just 60 seconds into the game. Everyone remembers Moor turning on the afterburners in a famous try to dispatch the defending Champions. Heck, does Sam Malcolm’s drop goal happen if Moor doesn’t pick up the Arrows first try against Rugby United New York?
Moor opened 2020 on a torrent try-per game pace and was sitting second in MLR when the season was suspended. That included another highlight reel try against Seattle thanks to a lovely pass from his roommate Ben LeSage. Of course, many of these tries ended in Moor’s trademark “Arrows Up” celebration.
The tries won’t be the only thing that Arrows fans remember fondly. Moor embraced the role of being the face of the franchise. He always had time for the fans, whether it was for an autograph, a selfie, sending a birthday message, or having a pint and a chat at the Arrows post game social. Moor quickly became the most accessible pro athlete in Toronto and the fans loved him for it. Those memories he created with the fans are equally, if not more important than all eleven of his tries.
I’m sure when we saw Moor play against Rugby ATL, few would have envisioned that that would be the last time we would get to see him play in Major League Rugby. COVID-19 has led to many athletes such Vince Carter and Sergio Parisse (who has had a typhoon and COVID-19 prevented his final match for Italy) not getting the proper send off that they deserve.
Moor will still be around the club and he is becoming part of the Arrows advisory team as he pursues his next chapter with the management consulting firm Bain & Company. Hopefully, by staying close to the team, the Arrows faithful will have an opportunity to give Moor a proper send off and say “thank you” in person.
For myself, in covering the Arrows for two years I have a few fond memories of Moor. He was the first Arrow player I interviewed. I could immediately tell he would be a great person to work with and would be integral to the marketability of this new team. Throughout the 2019 season Moor never said no to any request that I had and he often assisted in pulling players out of the locker room for post-match interviews. Something that he certainly did not need to do.
I went to Las Vegas for the MLR Vegas series as the Arrows were battling the Houston SaberCats. Moor thanked me for coming out to Vegas and, as always, happily participated in multiple interviews. While in Vegas, I spent plenty of time in the press box, networking, and trying to introduce myself to as many people as I could.
Whenever I mentioned that I was from Toronto, I always seemed to get the same follow up question; “do you know Dan Moor?” That would inevitably be followed by a story of a great experience the individual had working with or simply talking to Moor. After a few of these interactions it became clear that Moor is among everyone’s favourite players to work with. He has certainly made covering the Toronto Arrows a lot of fun.
Ultimately, next season someone will be wearing the 14 blue and white jersey and wow, do they have some big shoes to fill. I’m sure I speak for many Arrows fans when I say best of luck in your future endeavours and…
THANK YOU, DAN!