And on the 11th day, Buffalo hockey marathoners break longest-game record
Buffalo’s hockey marathoners have overcome injuries, illness, fatigue and countless blisters to unofficially set the record for the longest continuous game.
It happened shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, when the official time clock mounted in the stands overlooking centre ice hit 10 days, 10 hours, 3 minutes and 21 seconds. The time surpassed the previous Guinness World Record mark of 250 hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds established during an outdoor game outside of Edmonton in February 2015.
Fans stood, cheered and hollered, and play was stopped briefly as players hugged on the benches and on the ice.
Team Blue was leading Team White 1,723-1,695 in an event dubbed the “11 Day Power Play.”
The game began at 9 p.m. on June 22, when 40 rec-league players — many of them in their 40s — embarked on a roundthe-clock bid to break the record and raise $1 million for Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
They topped the monetary goal before the opening faceoff, and had raised $1.179 million through Sunday.
Marathon organizers must now submit video of the game and the official scoresheet, which tops more than 50 pages, to Guinness for verification.
The event was organized a year ago by Mike Lesakowski, a 45-year-old environmental engineer. He was motivated to raise money for cancer research after his wife, Amy, was successfully treated for breast cancer at Roswell in 2009, and in honour of his mother who died of cancer last year.
As mentally and physically gruelling as the game was, Lesakowski was already considering the possibility of holding another marathon to set another record.
“We’ve raised over $1 million, right? And that’s a pretty powerful thing to do,” Lesakowski said on Thursday.
“The guys in Canada did it several times and they’ve raised a lot of money for similar good causes. So definitely not going to say never.”