The 10th annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge, hosted by former NHL player Dominic Moore, returns to Steam Whistle Brewery on July 20. The event connects current and former NHL players with fans while supporting rare cancer and concussion research. The Greater Toronto Hockey League sat down with the Smashfest team to learn more.
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Q: How did Smashfest get started?
Ping Pong has long been a popular locker room game, bringing together teammates and bringing out competitive energy. We thought it would be a great way to showcase personalities to fans, having them play ping pong with and against some of their favourite players.
Q: The event benefits both rare cancer and concussion research. What was the inspiration behind choosing these two causes?
Both causes hit close to home – Dominic lost his wife to rare cancer and concussion problems are often spoken about in hockey. We really focus on how can we be collaborative to help solve problems, working with experts who can bring together people and data points using the resources we provide.
Q: How has Smashfest impacted rare cancer and concussion research to date?
To date, we have raised over $1 million.
Q: Who are some of the NHL players and celebrities fans can expect to see at this year’s event?
Names like Zach Hyman, Doug Gilmour, Alex Kerfoot, Connor Brown, Jeff Skinner, Jamie Drysdale, Natalie Spooner, Robert Thomas, and Jennifer Botterill will all be in attendance.
Q: Which NHL player (past or present) or celebrity guest has impressed the most with the paddle?
Alex Kerfoot, Jeff Skinner, and Patrick Eaves.
More information on Smashfest…
- Where: Steamwhistle Brewery – 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto
- When: Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM EST
- Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smashfest-tickets-353396738157