Local hockey players are attempting to break a world record outdoors in Strathcona County.
A team of 40 started the World's Longest Hockey Game last week, which will continue until 6 a.m. on Feb.15. At that point, they will have played 252 consecutive hours, breaking a Guinness World Record.
The first few days have been tough, as wind chill values have dipped to -50 C at times.
"It's been a challenge for sure," said one of the players, Andrew Buchanan. "We hit the peak of the coldest weather and we heard from some outsiders that we were the coldest place on planet Earth. What do you do in the coldest place on planet Earth? You have a hockey game in Canada, I guess."
It has been so cold that furnaces were breaking down in the players' trailers. However, that is not the only thing that has been breaking.
"The first shot I took, my goalie stick just exploded. Other than that, we've gone through dozens of pucks. They keep shattering. There's shrapnel of pucks all over the place."
Players have been spending six to eight hours on the ice before taking a break. Buchanan added that, as of Sunday night, the shot count for his team was over 3,000.
"As a goalie in this event, you're seeing a lot of rubber. Pucks at -50 C do not feel good at all."
This year, the goal is to raise $1.5-million for cancer research. Hitting that goal has been the motivation for players to battle through the cold weather.
"When you feel like you can't go anymore – like, 'what are we doing out here? – you remember the cause. You walk into the dressing room and you see hundreds of pictures of people who have lost their lives to cancer and those who are battling cancer."
Buchanan's donation page for the game can be found here. More pictures, and the latest updates on the event, are posted to the World's Longest Hockey Game Facebook page.
With wind chills dipping below -50 C, pucks at the World's Longest Hockey games have been shattering. Photo supplied.