World’s longest hockey game lasts 250 hours, fights freezing for cancer research

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. (AP) – The longest hockey game in the world took place in horribly cold weather.

Forty people took turns playing hockey on an outdoor rink 24 hours a day starting February 4, all in the name of cancer research.

Temperatures have occasionally plunged to between minus 40 and minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40, minus 55 Celsius). Washers were broken when players passed them along the boards, skate blades snapped in half, pieces of masks fell off when the glue came off and the goalie pads cracked.

Goalkeeper Andrew Buchanan is scored as Justin Christopher celebrates during the world’s longest hockey game.Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP

The game was played on a rural property during an extreme cold warning that lingered for much of the game.

“The players were troops,” said Kate Gallagher, one of the event’s organizers. “They were warriors.”

The seventh edition of the game raised approximately $ 1.5 million for cancer research at the University of Alberta. The game hit the 252 hour mark at dawn on Monday and breaks its own Guinness World Record.

The final score, according to the event’s Facebook page, was 2,649-2,528 for Team Hope.

“But the real winners? Cancer patients at the Cross Cancer Institute, ”the post read.

Catherine J. Martinez