It has been a wild 12 months for Dominic Moore. After sitting out the 2012-13 season to be with his ailing wife, Katie, who died in Jan. 2013, Moore signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers last summer.
Moore shook off the rust to tally 18 points in 73 games on Broadway. The forward proved to be an integral part of the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Final, posting three goals and five assists in 25 playoff games. Along the way, he earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey," and an ESPY nomination for "Best Comeback Athlete."
On Thursday night, Moore hosted the third annual Smashfest, a celebrity Ping-Pong tournament at Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto. The event benefits two charities, The Steve Moore Foundation, an organization founded by his brother Steve that focuses on concussions and head injuries. Steve Moore is known to most hockey fans as the player attacked by Todd Bertuzzi in a 2004 game. Moore's career ended after the "Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore Incident."
The second charity is The Katie Moore Foundation. Established by Dominic, the foundation helps raise money for researching rare cancers like the disease that took Katie's life.
“Both of these causes are for things that are not well understood and definitely under-represented in terms of funding,” Moore said per Sportsnet.
Last year's Smashfest raised $100,000. This year, the event brought in a whopping $140,000, making the total raised $270,000 over the past three events.
The event boasted 23 former and current NHL stars for the night, including Moore, Kevin Weekes, Alex Burrows, Tyler Seguin, Logan Couture, Derick Brassard, Jeff Skinner, Doug Gilmour, Mike Cammalleri and David Clarkson.
"We had an amazing time at Smashfest again this year,” Moore said in an NHLPA release. “The support we received was impressive on all fronts, from the players and guests in attendance, to the NHLPA and all of our partners. I'm proud that $140,000 was raised to further help with research into concussions and rare cancers."
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 25, 2014
Stephane Veilleux of the Wild repeated as singles tournament champion, knocking off Burrows. However, Burrows' team won the pro-am tournament. Along with the tournaments, guests–more than 650 people were in attendance–had the opportunity to take the table against their NHL heroes.
Seguin, who is reportedly living with free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto over the summer, raised contributed almost $2,000 himself courtesy of Jose Bautista memorabilia. Seguin bid $1000 each on both a signed Bautista All-Star jersey and a signed Bautista bat.
From all the pics posted, looks like everyone had a great time! Well done, Dominic Moore! pic.twitter.com/MnqmfzGHYG
— (@Leafss19) July 25, 2014
— Killerspin (@Killerspin) July 25, 2014
Moore re-signed with the Rangers, the team that drafted him 95th overall in 2000, for two years at reportedly $1.5 million per year. He is active with both The Steve Moore Foundation and The Katie Moore Foundation during the season.
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