World’s Longest Hockey Game Sets New Record
The world’s longest hockey game ever played has stolen multiple new records this February. But since this was a game not necessarily played for individual fame and glory, it’s been a win for more than Guinness World Record purposes.
Started on February the 4th and finally concluded in new world-record form at around 6 a.m. on Monday morning, at which time the 252-hour goal was officially hit, the outdoor hockey marathon was hosted in support of cancer research at the University of Alberta. And owing to the $1.84 million organisers of the event say they’ve managed to raise so far; the real winners truly are the cancer patients at Alberta University’s Cross Cancer Institute.
Deep Freeze Conditions
As for the final score, it had been the appropriately named Team Hope that walked away with the winning score of 2,649 vs. their opponent side’s 2,528. The game was played on a rural Sherwood Park property in Alberta, subjecting players to extreme cold weather and icy conditions that lasted for the bigger part of the final 10 days of play.
There was no shortage on the action front either, with pucks being shattered, skate blades ripped in twain, and goalie pads being cracked in the freezing cold. Temperatures would at times drop to between -40 C and -55 C thanks to the chill of the howling wind, creating sheer deep freeze conditions across the 11 days of the special event.
It Was Time Well Spent
A total of 40 players had competed in the sub-zero conditions by the time the fireworks announced the record-end to the marvellous run. This year’s event was the 7th annual instalment of its kind.
While this year’s run was a bit different due to health and safety restrictions, with no spectators physically present in the stands, the entire show was live streamed via YouTube. And again, owing to health and safety measures, participants this year sacrificed more than only the actual time spent playing on the ice. They also had to spend time isolated at home as well as on site leading up to and during the event, and had to subject themselves to daily tests.
The organiser of the phenomenal annual event, Oilers optometrist Brent Saik, has been raising funds for the university’s Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Saik’s father died of cancer in 1994, and he’s dedicated his life to the cause of finding a cure ever since.
Several “World’s Longest Games” are played across the globe every year, and combined, these events have raised more than $5.5 million for cancer research since 2003.