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Smashfest 2016

August 1, 2016 by Lina

Killerspin is pleased to announce that we were once again a part of Smashfest, an extraordinary event that took place in downtown Toronto, on July 21st this year. For the fifth year in a row, Smashfest brought together NHL stars and other celebrities with one common goal, to raise funds to support two very important causes: concussion and rare cancer research.

This interactive event featured numerous NHL players, and of course, a well-known host, and a Killerspin friend, Dominic Moore. As always, Smashfest will take place at the Steam Whistle Brewery, one of the most popular event spaces in Toronto, and Killerspin has a unique privilege to provide all the table tennis equipment, including our famous Revolution SVR, also known as “the Cadillac of table tennis tables”.

If you ask Dominic Moore, he’ll tell you that “Smashfest is a totally unique event, unlike anything else, it’s a ping-pong themed party that mixes fun and competition”. And that’s putting it lightly. You’d think PRO NHLers would be less passionate about winning in a casual environment. Well, you’d be wrong. Smashfest has been known to host some of the most intense ping-pong tournaments, and if you need a proof check out our two times winner getting ready for the new tournament. It looks like Patrick Eaves takes all his trophies seriously.

Along with Patrick Eaves, who didn’t miss a chance to defend his title (and be successful at it), more than 25 NHL stars and their fellow athletes made their appearances this year, and these are just some of them: Darnell Nurse, Eric Lindros, Brent Conolly, Alex Burrows, Derick Brassard.

Aside from the chance to watch our beloved hockey players fight over the title of the best ping-pong player, few of the lucky visitors were chosen randomly from the audience to play doubles with some of the biggest NHL names. And not just that, Smashfest organizes live and silent auctions to support a cause that’s close to all our hearts.

In today’s world not many of us have that privilege to remain unaffected by cancer, in one way or another. These past few years, Killerspin Smashfest has proven to be very successful in raising funds for concussion and rare cancer research, supported by two foundations: The Katie Moore Rare Cancer Foundation, and The Steve Moore Foundation.

The Kate Moore rare Cancer Foundation aims to fight for patients and families dealing with rare cancers by promoting awareness and research for this category of diseases.

The Steve Moore Foundation is doing everything possible to avoid preventable concussions and similar serious head and neck injuries in sport, and helping those suffering from such injuries by developing effective treatments.

To learn more about this year’s Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge, check out how Dominic Moore joined Tim & Sid on SportsNet to discuss the event and challenge Sid Seixeiro to an epic game of ping-pong!

Spoiler alert: One of them could use a proper workout with our Killerspin Throw II robot, and of course we’re not talking about a professional hockey player. Looking at you, Sid!!

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