Patrick Eaves wins fifth-straight Smashfest

Patrick Eaves wins fifth-straight Smashfest

By: SportsNet.ca

A warm, clear summer’s evening, a bottomless supply of beverages, and the opportunity to play a little table tennis with some NHL stars…

Smashfest may be getting old (eight years running), but it never feels that way.

As Dominic Moore’s annual charity event disguised as a gigantic ping-pong party set a new fundraising benchmark for fun, the energy of the night was palpable. Hockey fans mingled, rallied and made merry with more than 20 NHLers as balls bounced and music blared.

Indeed, Smashfest VIII was a raucous success featuring its usual champion: Patrick Eaves, whom Moore describes as ping-pong’s Novak Djokovic, is officially a dynasty.

Eaves started hitting ping-pong balls when dealing with post-concussion syndrome. His eyes had difficulty tracking objects, so he used table tennis as a method to regain his hand-eye coordination.

“It was actually huge in my recovery,” Eaves says.

The Anaheim Ducks winger won his fifth consecutive Smashfest title Thursday defeating perennial contender Jeff Skinner in the singles final.

“There’s always a bit of buzz about is Eaves is beatable or is he unbeatable,” Moore says. “My personal opinion is he’s pretty much unbeatable.”