The Guiness Book of World Records can add a new entry to its ‘Longest Hockey Game Ever Played’ column. During a span of ten-and-a-half days, 40 individuals participated in an outdoor hockey game in Edmonton, during an extremely frigid cold spell, as experienced across western Canada and as far south as Mexico.
With their sights set on a fundraising target of $1.5 million, participants in the seventh running of the marathon-styled event battled -40 degree Celsius temperatures, while besting the target goal by $340K. All funds will be donated to cancer research in Alberta.
Taking place in a ‘bubble’ location on an isolate outdoor hockey rink, all participants went home without injury following the nearly 11-day expedition. Taking turns suiting up around the clock, the players battled to a 2,649 to 2,528 score, with Team Hope earning bragging rights over Team Cure at the charity event. 572 volunteer shifts later, the game has been completed.
“Over the last 252 hours, every record has been broken,” the game’s official Instagram account posted. “The lowest temperatures, greatest number of pucks shattered, most swollen and blistered feet, and, most importantly, the highest funds raised in the history of the game, $1,840,000 and counting. And let’s not forget a Guinness World Record soon-to-be under our belts!”
Beginning on February 4, the teams went at it until 6:00 AM on Monday, February 15, where the record was broken at 252 hours of non-stop action. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, no spectators were allowed for the 2021 running of the game, but much like the seven past editions, a tremendous amount of financial support poured in.
“In this particular case, we worked with the organizers to ensure that the protocols that are being used involve multiple layers of protection,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said. “The number one criteria that must be matched by anyone considering seeking an exemption is they have to demonstrate that public health can be protected.”
To date, the foundation has received $5.47 million in funds for Cross Cancer Institute in support of leading edge equipment and life-saving research.
More information on this record-breaking event can be found here: https://worldslongestgame.ca/our-story/