Goalie Andrew Buchanan is scored on as Justin Christopher celebrates during the World's Longest Hockey Game near Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Forty players are taking part in the game that will last 252 hours, to raise money for cancer research. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Outdoor hockey players in Alberta break records, raise $1.8 M for cancer research

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — The world’s longest hockey game has broken multiple records this year.

Forty people took turns playing hockey on an outdoor rink 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Feb. 4 to raise $1.5 million for cancer research at the University of Alberta.

They hit the 252-hour goal around 6 a.m. today and broke their own Guinness World Record.

They raised at least $1.8 million — and counting.

And they did it during an extreme cold weather warning that persisted for much of the last 10 days.

Pucks were shattering 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 in the bitter cold.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Feb. 15, 2021.

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