Dominic Moore’s Smashfest IV a huge success

Bobby Bevilacqua

New YORK, USA - MARCH 26TH : Philadelphia Flyers VS New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden: New York New York Rangers center Dominic Moore #28 is all smiles after Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett #15 scores a goal during the first period. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Dominic Moore’s fourth annual Smashfest tournament was a huge success this year. Photo courtesy of Anthony J. Causi.

This past Thursday, Dominic Moore hosted his fourth annual Smashfest IV, a ping pong tournament with current and former NHL stars, including some Rangers players, to raise money for charity, including research into concussions and rare cancers.

This year, Kevin Klein, Emerson Etem and Derick Brassard all came to support their teammate, with former Rangers Michael Del Zotto, Cam Talbot, John Mitchell and Eric Lindros joining the tournament as well.

Many people know that teams will kick around a soccer ball as a warmup before a game, but what most people don’t know is that many locker rooms have ping pong tables for the players. This inspired Moore to create a charity tournament to benefit the Katie Moore and Steve Moore Foundations.

The Katie Moore foundation was founded in honor of Dominic’s wife, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 32 from a rare form of liver cancer. This charity works towards research into rare cancers that don’t normally get a lot of attention. The Steve Moore foundation was created in honor of Dominic’s brother, who was forced to retire from hockey in 2004 after a brutal blindside attack by Tom Bertuzzi.

The event allows fans to play in a doubles tournament with NHL players, as well as watch the single pro-vs-pro tournament, participate in silent and live auctions, and mingle with NHL players and other surprise guests that show up.

For the doubles tournament, you can buy a ticket to be raffled into playing with an NHL player in the doubles tournament, or you can buy a Paddle Pass ticket which guarantees automatic entry into the Pro-Am tournament.

In the Pro-vs-Pro singles tournament, the finals came down to Patrick Eaves and Stéphane Veilleux, with Eaves completing the upset and defeating last year’s champion, winning the trip to Italy courtesy of Killerspin, the ping-pong sponsor.

The gathering has raised $270,000 in the first three years, including a record high of $140,000 in 2014. With each passing tournament, it becomes more and more well known, and they continue to bring in money for fantastic causes.

After reading all about the tournament, I really want to make a trip to Toronto for next year’s tournament and play. How often do you get the chance to meet NHL athletes, play ping-pong with them and chat over good food and drinks? It’s a one of a kind experience that also raises money for two great charities.

If you want to read about the event from a fan perspective, check out this article from Ryan Ohanesian of Blueshirt Banter. It’s a great read, and there may be a video of Kevin Klein dancing…

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