Robert: “World’s Longest Hockey Game” raises $1.8 million for charity

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After two hundred and fifty-two hours the “World’s Longest Hockey Game” came to end, raising $1.84 million for charity in the process.

The marathon of a game started on February 4th in Sherwood Park, Alberta and ended Monday morning. In total, 750 volunteer shifts participated in the game, playing in temperatures so cold, the puck cracked.

This year’s fundraising effort will support the Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute and a clinical trial of a new cancer drug called PCLX-001, which has shown positive results in treating blood cancers in particular.

“This has been an emotional roller coaster,” goalie Andrew Buchanan said. “These guys are absolute warriors, but it’s still nothing compared to what these cancer patients are going through.”

Due to COVID-19, organizers had to receive a provincial exemption to public health rules, participants had to isolate at home and on site and were tested for COVID-19 daily. They also limited their interactions with each other, refs needed to stay off the ice, and no spectators were allowed.

In the end, Team Hope outscored Team Cure, 2649 – 2528.

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