Longest hockey game ever Cancer research -40 degrees

The longest hockey game in the world is finally over.

Final score: 2,649-2,528.

The contest was held on a rural outdoor rink north of the border and it was so cold at one point that the galvanized rubber hockey pucks were breaking. But even that couldn’t stop a group of hockey fans from staying on the ice to raise money for cancer research.

A group of 40 people took turns playing 24 hours a day in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada for a game that started on February 4 and ended on Monday February 15 at 6 a.m. for a total of 252 hours, or 10 and a half day of continuous hockey to set a new Guinness World Record.

Edmonton winters are not for the faint of heart with an average temperature of around 19 ° F, but the weather during the game was at times absolutely brutal and reached as low as -40 ° F. The skate blades cracked and pieces of equipment started to fall off because the glue stopped working at these literally frightening temperatures.

Even then, the game is a labor of love for all who participate. In addition to the players, there were 572 volunteer teams for those who helped work the event. The final tally of funds raised was $ 1,840,000 for cancer research at the University of Alberta. Simply extraordinary.

The event’s Facebook page succinctly summed up the incredible company: “Real people. Real impact. Real lives saved ”.

I couldn’t have said it better.

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Catherine J. Martinez