Smashfest V Recap

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend Smashfest for a third year in a row. For those unfamiliar with Smashfest, it is a questionably named fundraiser that (former?) Ranger Dominic Moore throws every year in Toronto. The event raises money for rare cancers and concussion charities, which both have personal ties to Moore.

Several NHL players attend to show their support for the cause, which elevates a ping pong tournament, paired with silent auctions, to raise over half a million dollars for charity. NHL players compete for ping pong supremacy in the friendly confines of the Steamwhistle Brewery, just beneath the CN Tower.

Among the names at Smashfest V (that’s 5 for those not into roman numerals) were former Rangers Derick Brassard and Cam Talbot, current Ranger Chris Kreider, and legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros. Other attendees included Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad, Patrick Eaves, Darnell Nurse, Mitch Marner, and Sam Bennett. These guys make themselves very accessible to chat with, which makes the fundraiser a place to really feel as though you get to know the guys.

I attended the event with four friends, and between us all we learned a lot of fun things. Some of those include:

  • Brassard knew about the Ottawa trade for a while before it happened (s/t to Jessica for finding out this information),
  • Adam Graves has never used Snapchat before,
  • Ekblad is well aware and very excited to play with our beloved Keith Yandle “for years to come,”
  • Nick Kypreos took full responsibility for hitting the “send” button on Twitter too soon when he called Dan Girardi to Arizona as part of the original Yandle trade (haven’t we all been there?), and,
  • Moore is still fielding opportunities around the league to play.

The whole event is open and gives attendees plenty of opportunity to chat with players old and new. Seeing the players together gives you a good idea of the family feel that they share, supporting one another with lots of friendly competition.

If you ever find an opportunity to attend Smashfest, join it. The event typically runs in late July in downtown Toronto.

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  1. Dom Moore, a class act, and all the best to a true Ranger.

    Great to see the typical NHLer’s giving of their time, escpially for those who need it the most. Keep up the great work Dom !!!!!!

    1. I echo your words Walt, Dom Moore a true hero and a class act, I hope he still has something left in the rank to hook up with another team? Wish we can turn back the hands of time, would love to have in their prime, Dominic Moore, Adam Graves, and the 1994 version of Nick Kypreos on our current roster

    2. I loved Dom Moore right from the very beginning as a draftee, and was always touting him to my hockey friends. Then I was furious when Sather played hardball & let him go. A really under appreciated player & I hated that Leaf jersey on him. He’s been through some tough times & like you I hope things pan out for him.

  2. Steamwhistle is a nice spot to hold an event like this one. Nice beer, cool brewery.

    Glad to hear Dominic is getting a lot of support for this – he deserves it.

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