New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore helped to attract 23 former/current NHL players to his charitable ping-pong tournament “Smashfest” on Thursday,
raising an impressive $140K for cancer research along the way.
(As you may remember,
Moore received the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy following the loss of his wife Katie Moore.)
Minnesota Wild Stephane Veilleux won the tournament for the second year in a row – this was the third “Smashfest” event – beating Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows. Here’s a photo of Veilleux accepting the trophy,
via the event’s Facebook page by way of the NHLPA:
It certainly looked like a blast,
with one of the best shots coming from Michael Del Zotto’s Instagram page:
(Apparently the MDZ + Tyler Seguin combo won their match.)
Even beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs power forward David Clarkson
looks like he had a fantastic time:
Apparently “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe was in attendance, probably taking the cake for least expected celebrity appearance:
this Doug Gilmour photo is a little surprising, too.)
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox passes along 29 facts from the event that are a worthy read, but if you’d rather just watch a video, here’s one from Katie Moore.org:
The often-used phrase “good time for a good cause” is thrown out often, yet it seems appropriate for this event.
This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.
Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)
Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old
Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman
Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.
Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old
Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.
Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old
For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s
Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.
Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?
Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.
O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “
Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.
The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.
He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though
he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.