NHL stars help raise $140K in ‘Smashfest’ charity ping-pong tournament
New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore helped to attract 23 former/current NHL players to his charitable ping-pong tournament “Smashfest” on Thursday, raising an impressive $140K for cancer research along the way.
(As you may remember, Moore received the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy following the loss of his wife Katie Moore.)
Minnesota Wild Stephane Veilleux won the tournament for the second year in a row - this was the third “Smashfest” event - beating Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows. Here’s a photo of Veilleux accepting the trophy, via the event’s Facebook page by way of the NHLPA:
It certainly looked like a blast, with one of the best shots coming from Michael Del Zotto’s Instagram page:
(Apparently the MDZ + Tyler Seguin combo won their match.)
Even beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs power forward David Clarkson looks like he had a fantastic time:
Apparently “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe was in attendance, probably taking the cake for least expected celebrity appearance:
(Then again, this Doug Gilmour photo is a little surprising, too.)
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox passes along 29 facts from the event that are a worthy read, but if you’d rather just watch a video, here’s one from Katie Moore.org:
The often-used phrase “good time for a good cause” is thrown out often, yet it seems appropriate for this event.