After 10 straight days, the World’s Longest Hockey Game, performed east of Edmonton, has come to an finish.
The sport, which raises cash for most cancers analysis, started on Feb. 4 with a objective of elevating $1.5 million to assist life-saving most cancers analysis on the College of Alberta to profit sufferers on the Cross Most cancers Institute.
The sport wrapped up at 6 a.m. Monday, after 252 hours. As of Monday morning, the group of 40 gamers raised $1.84 million and counting.
“Shucks,” an emotional Brent Saik mentioned after the celebratory fireworks went off to mark the top of the 10-day feat. Saik is the organizer of the sport out at Saikers Acres in Strathcona County.
“I’m very happy with the people who rallied round and did all the pieces that was essential to make this occur.”
With strict COVID-19 protocols in place, this yr’s sport regarded and felt a lot totally different than years previous. In earlier years, the hockey fundraiser welcomed tons of of followers to the positioning to cheer on gamers. This yr, there was a drive-thru space however spectators weren’t allowed. There have been additionally far fewer volunteers on website to maintain the sport and gamers going.
“It was a little bit of a skeleton crew this yr. I all the time thank 800 volunteers after each sport. This time I’m thanking 10 and it’s unbelievable,” Saik mentioned Monday morning.
“It’s unbelievable what a small little power can do.”
A lot of the sport was performed with an excessive chilly warning in place. Temperatures dipped into the mid -40s with out the wind chill. The circumstances led to frozen propane tanks and frostbite. The acute chilly even precipitated pucks to freeze and shatter on influence. One evening, the crew misplaced upwards of fifty pucks to the weather.
“There have been some challenges. When it was -54 out right here and 40-kilometre an hour winds, we weren’t going that quick. However what? No one ever gave up, we rallied collectively,” participant Andrew Buchanan mentioned after the sport ended.
A firefighter, Buchanan dedicate his sport to first responders going by means of their very own battles.
“I got here out right here to struggle for each brother and sister within the hearth service that’s fighting most cancers.”
He described the sport as an emotional roller-coaster however mentioned everybody concerned was an absolute warrior.
“However nonetheless, nothing in comparison with what these most cancers sufferers are going by means of,” he mentioned.
“It doesn’t matter what the rating was on this sport. We got here right here with one objective and that was to assist remedy most cancers and we’re effectively on our manner.”
What’s Brewing: Braving the chilly for the world’s longest hockey sport
A lot of this yr’s 40 gamers had been participating within the sport for the primary time. Saik mentioned it was unimaginable to see everybody come collectively for the frequent objective.
“The troops had been unreal. Rather a lot being new folks, had no concept what they’re getting concerned in. Simply eyes huge open and wished to take all of it in and so they did. They took each piece of recommendation that was wanted, they listened and so they talked and gave recommendation. The whole lot that they did was excellent,” he mentioned.
“I’m so happy with the gamers and the volunteers,” he continued. “Nothing got here in and nothing went out and I’m very joyful that I can say, ‘Go dwelling to your households safely.’ They did an awesome job of respecting issues we needed to respect.”
The fundraiser was granted an exemption by Alberta Well being to have the ability to go ahead this yr amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta’s chief medical officer of well being Dr. Deena Hinshaw mentioned it was decided to be within the public curiosity to proceed.
The ultimate rating of the sport was 2,649 for Group Hope (crimson) to 2,528 for Group Treatment (white).
Those that took half say they’re wanting ahead to the following rendition of the WLHG when households and followers are welcomed again to the positioning.
The sport continues to be accepting donations. For extra info on the WLHG, go to their website.
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