Two Lloydminster men are among the group of 40 who are participating in The World’s Longest Hockey Game to raise fund for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
The men and women play a ten day outdoor hockey game that began on Friday and set a Guinness World Record while simultaneously raising money for the Terry Fox Institute’s PROFYLE, a group that works to help young children facing cancer.
Kevin Karius says every single player has their own reason for being there.
“I lost my dad in 2006, I was doing Oilers games, I work at Global, and [it was] game four of the Stanley Cup Final, and I was on my way to the rink, and didn’t even care about hockey anymore. We’re all affected by it.”
Lloydminster local Kevin Morris adds “we’re not here for a world record, we could care less. We’re not here to play hockey, we’re here to raise awareness and raise funds for a great cause.”
The game is played for 24 hours a day, with little time to rest and Dustin Neilson, host of the TSN 1260 morning show, and participant in the game for the third time says it’s all about getting through the the beginning.
“Today is not easy, day two is more difficult, and then after that you just get into zombie mode and you don’t really feel pain anymore. Today has been tough, today sucked.”
The game end on February 19. To watch a live stream of the game, and make a donation you can visit the group’s website.