World's Longest Hockey Game Lasts 252 Hours and Raises over $1.8M for Cancer Research

Busayo Ogunjimi
Feb 18, 2021
03:10 A.M.

Despite the freezing weather condition in Canada, forty people volunteered to play hockey all day long for the purpose of cancer research, and they set a record.


Records are exciting to set, but sometimes they are achieved under severe conditions that can be considered inhumane or impossible.

A group of 40 Hockey players has penned their name in history books and have become known for playing the world's longest hockey game, which lasted for 252 hours.

Photo of people playing hockey | Photo: Pexels

Photo of people playing hockey | Photo: Pexels

The event took place in Canada, for cancer research. The news was shared on the Facebook page of the World's Longest Game. The game started on February 4, in an outdoor rink.

What marked this feat was the terrible conditions in which it was achieved. The players endured freezing weather conditions all day long but stuck to their game.

Photo of people playing hockey | Photo: Pexels

Photo of people playing hockey | Photo: Pexels

Temperatures plunged at times between a frightening minus 40 and minus 67 Fahrenheit (minus 40, minus 55 Celsius). The extreme weather condition persisted for most parts of the day the game was played.

Kate Gallagher, one of the event's organizers, called the player's warriors for staying on despite the bone-shaking cold they were exposed to.

The teammate who were personally affected by cancer said that they wanted to do something as a fight against the disease.


The game took place for eleven days racking up 252 hours with 5,177 goals and 572 volunteer shifts. The game will achieve a Guinness Book of Records status.

About $1.8m has been raised for cancer research at the University of Alberta. Despite the game's final score, cancer patients were declared the real winners of the game.

Another set of hockey players made headlines when they embarked on a nearly 900-mile journey from Boston to Michigan to raise money for cancer research.


The University of Massachusetts Boston teammates Andrew Walker and Jacob Adkins went on a 10-day journey for a humanitarian purpose.

They kept their followers updated via their social media pages, and at the end of their journey, they returned feeling more grateful for having people show love and interest.

The teammate who were personally affected by cancer said that they wanted to do something as a fight against the disease and also raise awareness for many people who could not fight on their own. The boys decided to lift people's spirit with their skating skills.

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