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NHL stars help raise $140K in ‘Smashfest’ charity ping-pong tournament

Jul 26, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

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:

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It certainly looked like a blast, with one of the best shots coming from Michael Del Zotto’s Instagram page:

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(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:

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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.

  1. purpleguy - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Wish Stephane played hockey as well as he ping pongs………

  2. luvusa1 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Try focusing your comments on the cause and not on players hockey skills, especially with Moore losing his wife to cancer.

  3. fedism - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Gosh I love hockey. What a classy, clean sport off the ice. Entertaining and respectable in all aspects of the organization.

  4. darksidecowboy - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Hmmm Seguin and Del Zotto on the same team, interesting. Could it be foreshadowing? Wouldn’t mind him wearing victory green and silver in Dallas.

  5. faulkingallstar - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    wow a whole 140k that’s like a twentieth of each of the yearly paychecks

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Take your pick as to why your comment is idiotic.
      a) Beats the 0% of your yearly paycheck you donate to charity.
      b) This isn’t the only event players donate money at. One of many.
      c) It’s $140k that these charities didn’t have at the start of the day.
      d) all of the above.

  6. Wineshard - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Nice event and a good news and raising the cash. Win-win all the way around. Was Tom Hanks there? Hockey fan and ping pong star (at least Forrest was).

  7. arrow43050 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I need to read posts like this from time to time. I am just soooooooooo tired of the posts and the bickering and the insult slinging that goes on that I need to be reminded of the power of sports and athletes and why I love sports in the first place.

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