Smashfest VI raises $165,000 for charity

The 2017 edition of Smashfest – the annual ping-pong event hosted by Dominic Moore – raised $165,000 in support of research and awareness into concussions and rare cancers. The six-year fundraising total stands at $665,000.

Over 20 NHL players participated in Smashfest last Thursday at Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto, including Moore and Leafs teammates Zach Hyman, Connor Brown and Connor Carrick.

“There’s a little extra buzz to it for me,” Moore said of hosting the charity tournament for the first time as a Maple Leaf. “It’s a lot of fun to be here, and a lot of fun to put the event on.”

Anahiem Ducks forward Patrick Eaves took honours as the top ping-pong player for the third year in a row.

“Smashfest is a passion for me and our team. Bringing a different side of the players to the fans was a big part of the conception of the event. Now to have completed six successful years is truly amazing,” Moore said in a statement.

“The fun event atmosphere and competitive ping-pong play, combined with the message behind Smashfest and the causes we together support is why this means a great deal to all of us.”

(Hyman and Brown answer questions from the media)

(Brown gets his game face on)