This past Thursday in Toronto, Dominic Moore of the Rangers hosted the second annual Smashfest! ping-pong competition to raise money for charity. Other NHL players such as Martin St. Louis, Logan Couture, Phil Kessel and David Clarkson all attended, putting their ping-pong skills to the test. By the night's end, over $100K was raised for concussion research and rare cancer research.
Moore commented how great a success the night was (courtesy of NHLPA.com)
“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.”
Some of proceeds will go to The Katie Moore Foundation, which was established after to honor Dominic's late wife.
- Hockey players are some the most charitable and most down to earth people you'll ever meet. Sounds like this was a great success and every had a great time raising money for a good cause.
- Great to see Dominic Moore not only having a blast with his peers and fans, but raising money for a good cause -- one that must've been heart wrenching to endure.
- I do wonder if Moore has a good backhand winner?
This brings us to today's open thread: what's your favorite athlete-inspired charity, foundation or cause? Let us know in the comment section -- it's yours to have fun with!
in all fairness, a ton of athletes across all sports do stuff like this all the time. Not just hockey players. For as many stuck up losers you hear about there are just as many genuinely great people in professional sports
anything related to diabetes, cancer, or the mentally challenged. a close friend and business partner died of pancreatic cancer so that's sort of near and dear.
Hockey related causes I support annually are You Can Play, Defending the Blue Line, Team Tootoo, Do It for Doran and concussion research via Dominic Moore's #Smashfest last year and now Katie Moore Foundation as well
not sports related but w/e...
st judes children's hospital for kids with cancer. i believe it costs 1.3 million a day to keep the doors open there. a day...
My son't charity...Dwarf Athletic Association of America. We're heading to Lansing, MI for the WORLD games where he will be competing against 25 other countries! He'll be representing the USA for ping pong, floor hockey, track/field, soccer and basketball.
the comment about your backhand winner just reminded me of something that seriously annoyed me throughout the whole season. I cant really remember that many backhanded goals from the Rangers, or even backhand shots in general. Constantly going forehand makes things so much more predictable for opposing goaltenders.
@hankthetank30 Very true. A quick and accurate backhander is a rare skill, even more so on the Rangers. Crosby's and Kane's are other worldly. On the Rangers the last player I remember with a truly dominant backhand was Kovalev.
Man do I miss that guy. 6'1" 225 lbs of hard skating power forward...and not afraid to play in the tough areas. Nash could stand to watch some video.
@hankthetank30 I don't think its something to worry about.
is there a better season of Seinfeld than season 9? so many classics! Frogger, Festivus, SERENITY NOW!!!!!!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Serenity now -- Insanity later.