BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo’s hockey marathoners have overcome injuries, illness, fatigue and countless blisters to unofficially set the record for the longest continuous game.
It happened shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, when the official time clock mounted in the stands overlooking center ice hit 10 days, 10 hours, 3 minutes and 21 seconds. The time surpassed the previous Guinness World Record mark of 250 hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds established during an outdoor game outside of Edmonton, Alberta in February 2015.
Fans stood, cheered and hollered, and play was stopped briefly as players hugged on the benches and on the ice. Team Blue was leading Team White 1,723-1,695 in an event dubbed the “11 Day Power Play.”
The game began at 9 p.m. on June 22, when 40 rec-league players – many of them in their 40s – embarked on a round-the-clock bid to break the record and raise $1 million for Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
They topped the monetary goal before the opening faceoff, and had raised $1.179 million through Sunday.