Forty hockey players in Chestermere are starting what could be the world's longest hockey game — but they'll have to beat their own record first.
The Hockey Marathon group set the Guinness World Record in 2012 for the longest marathon ice hockey game after playing for 246 hours.
Now they're heading out on the ice again in a bid to smash that record by two hours. However, judging from the last time, their effort won't be without its challenges.
"They had staph infection in their leg, they had bacterial infection in their feet, some guys — on Day 3 — their feet were so swollen that we had to have a doctor come in and actually drill holes in their toe nails to release the pressure and the fluid," said Lesley Plumley, one of the planners.
"We had a gentleman that had a heart attack, we had a gentleman that had a stroke. We certainly are prepared for anything."
In total, the group will play for 10 straight days with no breaks to raise money for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
Last time they raised $1.7 million.
Plumley says the players have been training for seven months and are better mentally and physically prepared this time around.
They won't be allowed to step outside the rink at any point during the 10 days.
Anyone interested in watching the game can do so through a live cam on the group's website.