World’s longest hockey game — 252 hours — played in deep freeze in Canada

Forty people took turns playing on an outdoor rink 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Feb. 4, all in the name of cancer research.

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Players take part in the World’s Longest Hockey Game near Edmonton on Feb. 11. Forty players took part in the game that lasted 252 hours, to raise money for cancer research.

Players take part in the World’s Longest Hockey Game near Edmonton on Feb. 11. Forty players took part in the game that lasted 252 hours, to raise money for cancer research.

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SHERWOOD PARK, Alberta — The world’s longest hockey game carried on in ghastly cold weather.

Forty people took turns playing hockey on an outdoor rink 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Feb. 4, all in the name of cancer research.

Temperatures plunged at times between a bone-shaking minus 40 and minus 67 Fahrenheit. Pucks were shattered as players passed them along the boards, skate blades broke in half, pieces of masks fell off as glue let go and goalie pads cracked.

The game was played on a rural property during an extreme cold weather warning that persisted for much of the last 10 days.

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

The seventh edition of the game has raised about $1.5 million for cancer research at the University of Alberta. The game hit the 252-hour goal at dawn Monday and will break its own Guinness World Record. 

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

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

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