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by George Malik on 07/26/13 at 04:29 PM ET
This is incredibly spiffy, from the NHLPA:
SMASHFEST! HOSTED BY DOMINIC MOORE RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR RESEARCH INTO RARE CANCERS AND CONCUSSIONS
…Second annual charity Ping-Pong event included 25 current and former NHL players participating
TORONTO (July 26, 2013) – NHL player Dominic Moore is pleased to announce that this year’s Smashfest! charity ping-pong event raised over $100,000, which will go towards concussion research through various brain-injury/concussion foundations, as well as research and advocacy for rare cancers through the Katie Moore Foundation, which was established in 2013 after the passing of Dominic’s wife, Katie.
“Smashfest 2013 was an epic night. I truly am proud and grateful that this year’s event raised over $100,000, which will go to concussion research and will help rare cancers through the Katie Moore Foundation,” said Dominic Moore, New York Rangers forward and Smashfest! host. “I would like to thank my fellow players, sponsors, NHLPA staff, and all our guests for an amazing evening.”
For the second annual Smashfest! event, 25 current and former NHL players – including Martin St. Louis, Phil Kessel, David Clarkson, Logan Couture, George Parros, Stephane Veilleux, Matt Stajan, Joel Ward, T.J. Galiardi and Jeff Skinner – came together with fans and ping-pong enthusiasts alike for some fun while raising awareness and much needed research funds for rare cancers and concussions.
“Smashfest was a great event. I was thrilled to be part of it with so many other NHL players,” said David Clarkson, Toronto Maple Leafs forward and Smashfest! participant. “It was a ton of fun, and it’s great to see that the event raised significant funds for two great causes.”
Those in attendance had the opportunity to square off at the ping-pong table against NHL players, and were also able to bid on one-of-a-kind items through both live and silent auctions, helping raise money for charity.
“It was a real pleasure to travel to Toronto for this unique event hosted by Dominic,” said Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning forward and Smashfest! participant. “Smashfest was a hit for both hockey fans and NHL players in attendance.”
Veilleux, Minnesota Wild forward, lived up to his reputation as an outstanding ping-pong player by winning both tournaments, defeating St. Louis in the singles tournament final to be crowned the 2013 Smashfest! champion.
More than 600 people attended last night’s event at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto, Ontario.
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