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Puck drops for World’s Longest Hockey Game


Edmonton Sun

EDMONTON – The puck has dropped on this year’s World’s Longest Hockey Game.

The game started at 7 a.m. Friday and will continue until Feb. 16, with 40 players who plan to skate for 10 straight days — 240 hours — to try and achieve Guinness World Record status.

Optometrist Brent Saik started the game in 2003 as a way to honour his father, who died from cancer.

The 2005 game was played in memory of Saik’s wife, Susan, who also died from cancer.

Whether or not they set the record, the game has so far raised more than $ 2.1 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Funds raised this year will go toward the purchase of a new PET-MR scanner for the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. The scanner uses 50% less radiation and is able to detect cancer at earlier stages.

Former Edmonton Oiler Janne Niinimaa is returning from Finland to play in the game.

For more information or to donate visit www.albertacancer.ca/worldslongesthockeygame2015.

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