In the third annual Smashfest — a charity ping-pong tournament founded by the Rangers’ Dominic Moore — NHL players and the NHLPA raised over $140,000 for concussion and rare cancer research. The event raised money for The Steve Moore Foundation and the Katie Moore Foundation for rare cancers, which was set up in honor of Moore’s late wife.
For the second straight year, Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux won the player tournament. That’s Veilleux getting the Smashfest trophy from Moore below.
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The tournament is a bit of a social scene as well as fans come in to take on their favorite NHL hockey players. Participating NHLers included Doug Gilmour, Logan Couture (who played left because of his recent wrist surgery), Michael Del Zotto, Alexandre Burrows, Tyler Seguin, Teddy Purcell, Chris Kreider, Kevin Klein, Jeff Skinner, Mike Cammalleri, and others.
Moore told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox, “Both of these causes are for things that are not well understood and [are] definitely under-represented in terms of funding.”
Watch a recap from Sportnets and the Smashfest trailer below.
Sportsnet Report on Smashfest 2014
Watch Stephane Veilleux’s ping pong skills: