Female Hockey Players Achieve Guinness Record

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Imagine scoring 290 goals in an ice hockey game. That's what Bree Healey did in helping a group of 40 Canadian female players break the Guinness World Record for the longest ice hockey game.

The two 20-player teams began their attempt August 26 at the Burnaby 8 Rinks in suburban Vancouver. They wrapped up their marathon game of 243 hours and five minutes on Monday – or more than 10 days. That broke the previous record by 65 minutes set last February in Edmonton, Canada.

The women were pleased to get the record but their biggest reward was raising awareness and more than $125,000 for cystic fibrosis.

The women ranged in age from 17 to 44 and battled blisters and swollen knees, and one even suffered a concussion. They played under strict Guinness guidelines with normal opposing squads on the ice of five players and one goalie per side.

Sessions ran four hours per group followed by eight or four-hour breaks for food, medical attention and sleep, while another shift took the ice. Players had to either stay in the rink or in a camper in a fenced-in area on the grounds outside the rink.

The ice was resurfaced by a Zamboni 10 minutes each hour. Any stoppage for injuries was not counted in the total time. In all, nearly 2,500 goals were scored.