And on the 11th day, Buf­falo hockey marathon­ers break long­est-game record

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BUF­FALO, N.Y. —

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.”

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