A fundraising ping-pong challenge for concussion research.
Smashfest!, a fan-inspired charity ping-pong challenge hosted by veteran player Dominic Moore and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), held its first annual event in July 2012. The competition was fierce at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto, Canada as National Hockey League (NHL) players showcased their ping-pong skills while raising money for concussion research. The event gave fans the chance to mingle with current and former NHL stars like Vincent Lecavalier, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza and Steven Stamkos, to name only a few in attendance.
Smashfest! helps spread the message that people of all ages participating in a variety of sports and activities experience the difficult symptoms of concussions. Many athletes, armed forces members and accident victims struggle with concussions of varying degrees every day. When the paddles were put to rest, $30,000 was raised for Smashfest! charities: the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.
Daniel Winnik’s team defeated Zenon Konopka’s team to win the inaugural doubles tournament, which included one NHL player and two randomly drawn fans per team, competing in a best 2-out-of-3 tournament. In the players-only tournament, a memorable finals saw Ryan Shannon defeat host Dominic Moore in three sets, earning him bragging rights and the opportunity to defend his crown at Smashfest! II.// Smashfest.ca
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