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Smashfest raises $140,000 for charities

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 4:13 PM / News

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Smashfest raises $140,000 for charities
Smashfest, a charity pingpong tournament run by New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore, raised $140,000 for charities

With New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore serving as host, the annual Smashfest charity pingpong challenge in Toronto raised $140,000 Thursday night, according to the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Those funds will be contributed to charities assisting in the research of concussions and rare cancers. One of those charities is the Katie Moore Foundation, which was founded by Moore in memory of his late wife, who died Jan. 7, 2013 from a rare liver disease.

The third installment of the tournament drew 23 current or former NHL players to the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto. Along with Moore, the event included Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Mike Cammalleri of the New Jersey Devils, and David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We had an amazing time at Smashfest again this year," Moore said. "The support we received was impressive on all fronts, from the players and guests in attendance, to the NHLPA and all of our partners. I'm proud that $140,000 was raised to further help with research into concussions and rare cancers."

With more than 650 people in attendance, Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux defended his crown by defeating Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks to win the singles tournament. Burrows' team took home the pro-am title.

In three years, the event has raised $270,000, according to the NHLPA.

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