Hockey players in Windsor, N.S., dropped the puck on a 24-hour game Wednesday with the goal of netting at least $25,000 for charity.
The Looong Game Hat Trick started at noon at Windsor's Exhibition Park and, if all goes well, numerous players will rotate on and off the ice overnight before finishing at noon Thursday.
The original 2002 event raised $30,000 and set what was then a Guinness world record for the longest hockey game. The marathon game was revived last year and raised $36,000. The money will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Dartmouth, the Windsor Trust Fund, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Windsor bills itself as the birthplace of hockey, saying the first game took place on Long Pond around 1800.
Peter MacKay, minister of national defence, will lace up for part of the match, as will Paul Beazley, Windsor's mayor, and Olympian Andrew Russell, who was a member of Canada's canoe and kayak team at the 2008 Games.
"I'm very proud to be part of two great Canadian traditions: hockey and generous community support," MacKay said in a media release.
Shawn Wells, a cancer survivor, is not only playing but is also the leading fundraiser for the event.
"Living with thyroid cancer over the past year and a half has helped me appreciate the advances being made in cancer research and the importance of this event in supporting that cause," he said in a media release.
This year's event will celebrate various forms of hockey during the 24 hours, including a 25-minute demonstration by the Acadia Minor Hockey sledge hockey team and a minor hockey coaches challenge.