Sask. hockey players take part in world's longest game

Young hockey players across the country were all working towards one goal this weekend — to play in the world's longest game from coast-to-coast.

Young hockey players across the country were all working  towards one goal this weekend — to play in the world's longest game from coast-to-coast. 

Instead of playing for longest time at the third annual World Girls Hockey Weekend, the players were aiming for distance, with games held in every province across the country. 

"It's great hockey," said Kelsie Graham,  coordinator of the grassroots development for the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, from the timekeeper's bench at a game in Regina's Doug Wickenheiser arena. 

"It's just a bunch of girls. Some play boys, some play with the girls all season long, and they're just thrown on a team with different girls that they've never played with together, and now, away they go."

Saskatchewan kept the chain going for the coast-to-coast match, putting on four pickup games in Regina with well over 100 players participating. 

"Consistent feedback has been that they're all having a lot of fun," said Graham. "And that's good because that's what it's about, recruitment and retention of females," she said. 

The International Ice Hockey Federation has recognized the game as the world's longest, when it comes to spanning across a long distance. 

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