For 11 days, play­ers stick to the ice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Fa­tigue gave way to emo­tion for Les Kun­tar on Mon­day when he at­tempted to put into per­spec­tive spend­ing the past 11 days play­ing one con­tin­u­ous hockey game.

Stand­ing at cen­ter ice and sip­ping a beer, the 47-year-old for­mer pro­fes­sional goalie’s eyes welled with tears as he re­called a poignant mo­ment that oc­curred early one morn­ing dur­ing the bid to break the record for long­est game and raise money for cancer re­search.

“A lady came and she had a ban­danna on her head, so she was ob­vi­ously un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy,” said Kun­tar, whose ca­reer in­cluded play­ing six games for the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens dur­ing the 1993-1994 sea­son.

“At the end, she came down with a white sign that said, ‘Thank you,’ and stuck it on the glass. And we all just stopped and tapped our sticks,” he said. “It’s just amaz­ing how many peo­ple are touched by this whole thing.”

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