NHLer Dominic Moore held the inaugural event last summer to help raise money and awareness for concussion research. This summer’s Smashfest also incorporates the Katie Moore Foundation, which is dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy, and community. Dominic’s wife, Katie, tragically passed away in January from a rare form of liver cancer at the age of 32.
“(Table tennis) a big part of hockey culture,” said Moore. “This event is a great way to bring the dressing room culture to the public and show the players’ personalities in a unique way. You’d be impressed with some of the guys who will be playing and to see different personalities when they’re out of their hockey equipment and showing off their athletic prowess.”
Players and fans alike shared their experiences at the charitable event via Twitter.