According to CTV News on Wednesday, the world's longest hockey game was completed on Wednesday at the Chestermere Recreation Centre, a half hour east of Calgary. Players were on the ice for an amazing 248 straight hours with many funds going to the Alberta Children's Hospital.
The players broke the previous Guiness Book of World Record of 246 straight hours that was set in 2012 at the Chestermere Recreation Centre. As of May 13, 2014, the players raised $1,001,149.00, but according to 660 News, the players broke the $2 million mark in the last 48 hours.
The players were on the ice from May 4-May 13. Interestingly players came from Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Yukon to partcipate for either Team Hope or Team Cure.
On the opening day, activities for families included a petting zoo, bouncing castle, face painting, tattoos, live band and money tunnel. The emcees for the opening ceremonies were Brendan Parker of Global Sports and Charlie Simmer of Rogers Sportsnet. Simmer played 712 regular season games with the California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins ad Pittsburgh Penguins from 1974-1988. In 1980 and 1981, Simmer was on the Kings' Triple Crown Line and notched back-to-back seasons of 56 goals and 100+ points.
During the marathon event, there was also a prestigious marathon concert on May 9. For $110, music fans got to see Kira Isabella, Jordan Allard, Sarah Curle, Kaleigh Jo Kirk, Truxton Mile, Mary Zilba and Chemical Cowboy perform.
It will be interesting to see if this will be the last night this courageous group of hockey players will be on the ice or if they will be trying to break their record again two years from now. For more information on the Hockey Marathon for the Kids event, please go to www.hockeymarathon.com. The group is still taking donations.