Canadian women break hockey record
Forty Canadian women Monday broke the Guinness world record for the longest continuous hockey game, playing for 10 days, three hours and five minutes in Burnaby, British Columbia.
The women, who raised more than $126,000 for cystic fibrosis research in the process, divided themselves into teams of 20 and rotated small groups of players in four-hour shifts, The Vancouver Sun reported.
Between shifts the players would sleep in donated RVs parked at the back of the arena, because none of the participants were allowed to leave the premises.
At 11:05 a.m. local time Monday, the women finally brought an end to the marathon effort, having surpassed the previous record of 10 days and two hours set by a group of men from Sherwood Park, near Edmonton, in February.
"I thought I'm going to be hurting for 10 days here but people with CF are hurting for the rest of their lives so I just have to suck it up," said Val Skelly, a sales manager who spearheaded the event.
"The girls had some pretty good injuries. Each and every one of these girls walked away a different person; everyone had to dig so deep."
In total, 2,500 goals were scored, with one player, Bree Healey, scoring 290 on her own.
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