CALGARY -- Two-hundred and forty-six grueling hours and $1.4 million later, the World's Longest Hockey Game is finally over.
For the final day, Wednesday, 40 exhausted men poured every last bit of energy they had, putting on the best show they could as the Chestermere Recreation Centre filled to standing room only over the course of the day.
Support from the crowd, both in providing their cheers of encouragement and their dollars to cover that immense cheque for charity, saw them through it.
Just barely. When the final buzzer sounded the players were looking pretty relieved.
"You can only imagine how much my feet have swelled -- they've grown probably a half an inch each way," Alex Halat said.
"They don't even fit my skates anymore.
"I'm going to pry them off; the ironic thing is I'm back in this arena on Sunday for a hockey school."
Lyle Marshall will probably not be playing hockey this Sunday, or any Sunday for a little while.
"I'm sure once I get into my bed tonight it'll hit, or even a couple of days from now," he said.
"I know I'm exhausted.
"We're done with hockey for a little while -- I figure it's time to pick up the golf clubs and do something different for a bit."
But both say it was a great event for a great cause -- investing in treatment and cure research for childhood cancers.
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation's president and CEO Saifa Koonar said $1.4 million is an incredible donation.
"This money is going to support our childhood cancer program and also support those kids that are cared for in our pediatric intensive care unit," she said. "$1.4 million goes a very long way.
"We have to find better cures and gentler treatments for kids battling cancer, we need to keep pace with the latest advancements in technology; $1.4 (million) is going to help both of these areas."
That makes the pains of playing as long as they have worth it, said both Halat and Marshall.
Halat said the World's Longest Hockey Game event is something he could see being done again.
Maybe not every year, but often, he said.
There is, after all, a world record to defend now -- at hour 244, "the World's Longest Hockey Game" stopped being just a catchy title, as it beat the previous record with Guinness World Records.
The extra two hours were just "to keep it here at home," Halat said.
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