The world’s longest hockey recreation in Alberta broke a number of data this yr.
Forty folks took turns taking part in hockey on an outside rink close to Edmonton throughout document chilly temperatures 24 hours a day, seven days per week since Feb. 4.
The groups, named Team Hope and Team Cure, hit the 252-hour mark at about 6 a.m. Monday to interrupt their very own Guinness World Record. The ultimate rating of the sport was 2,649 to 2,528 for Team Hope.
“It went amazing,” Kate Gallagher, one of many occasion’s organizers, stated in an interview.
She stated the seventh version of the sport has raised greater than $1.8 million to date — greater than the $1.5-million aim — for cancer research on the University of Alberta.
The occasion, which had particular guidelines this yr to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, was first began in 2003 by physician Brent Saik, who misplaced his father to cancer. He stored it going after his spouse additionally died from the illness.
The recreation is at all times played on an outside rink on Saik’s rural property close to Sherwood Park, Alta. Players, who had been in an “NHL-style bubble,” needed to cope with excessive chilly climate that persevered for a lot of the ten days.
Pucks had been shattering as gamers handed them alongside the boards, skate blades broke in half, items of masks fell off as glue let go and goalie pads cracked within the bitter chilly. Temperatures dropped to between -40 C and -55 with the windchill at instances.
“This was definitely the coldest game we’ve ever seen,” stated Gallagher, who famous they completed with sore our bodies and blistered toes, however no main accidents.
“It was all part of the adventure. The players were troupers. They were warriors.”