Walk into almost any professional clubhouse, players’ lounge or locker room across North America and you’re bound to find a ping-pong table. At said ping-pong table, you’re also just as likely to find a pair of professional athletes locked in a heated battle for table tennis supremacy and team bragging rights. And let’s just saw said ping-pong table happens to be located in Honda Center and Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves is at the table. Well in that case, if they are taking bets… bet the farm!
That’s right, the Beard isn’t just a sniper around the crease, he also happens to be quite the ringer when it comes to ping pong.
Coming into the tournament as a two-time defending champion, Eaves successfully defended his crown once again having defeated Moore in the semifinals before defeating Ottawa Senators winger Alex Burrows in a rematch of last year’s final.
Eaves now has a hattrick of Smashfest victories dating back to before he had his impressive beard. Wonder if any Ducks players will dare to challenge him when the team reconvenes in September for training camp.