The annual charity ping-pong challenge in Toronto, Smashfest, raised over $140,000 on Thursday last week. The event, which was hosted by the New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore, will contribute its funds to charities that assist in the research of concussions and rare cancers.
This year was the third installment of the tournament, which brought over 23 current or former NHL players to the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto.
“We had an amazing time at Smashfest again this year,” Moore said. “The support we received was impressive on all fronts, from the players and guests in attendance, to the NHLPA and all of our partners. I’m proud that $140,000 was raised to further help with research into concussions and rare cancers.”
The event has grown drastically since the inaugural event in 2012, which raised $20,000 for concussion research. Last summer an additional charity was added to raise over $100,000 for the Katie Moore Foundation, which honors the forward’s late wife.
The NHL players in attendance at this year’s third annual Smashfest event included Dominic Moore (Host), Derick Brassard, Alex Burrows, Mike Cammalleri, David Clarkson, Logan Couture, Michael Del Zotto, T.J. Galiardi, Doug Gilmour, Mike Johnson, Kevin Klein, Nick Kypreos, Shawn Matthias, Jamie McLennan, Jeff O’Neill, Teddy Purcell, Zac Rinaldo, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Cam Talbot, Chris Tanev, Stephane Veilleux, and Kevin Weekes.
The event allowed guests the opportunity to play ping-pong against the NHL players. There was also the opportunity to bid on several unique items through the silent auction. More than 650 people were in attendance at the sold-out event.