A 17-member Canadian expedition to Mt. Everest this month will attempt to set two records. Team members will play hockey on the Khumbu glacier, on the world's highest mountain, in honour of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the U.S.S.R. And team leader, Dr. Sean Egan, 62, of Almonte, Ont. will attempt to be the oldest Canadian to scale the famous Himalayan peak.
"It will be the highest Canadian hockey game ever played," Terry Kell, a member said at a press conference yesterday at Ryerson University to announce the expedition.
Original jerseys worn by Team Canada will be presented to the expedition team by Ron Ellis, a member of the original Summit Series team and a former Toronto Maple Leaf star.
Egan said he is up for the challenge.
"I have already climbed the peak ... mentally hundreds of times," Egan said.
"It is a research-based expedition, but we have many goals," Egan said. "We will be testing technology, raising funds for charitable causes and playing hockey."
The team will be testing cellphone and satellite communication technology, as well as raising funds for orphans in Kathmandu, Nepal, and for teens in Canada.
Physical and and mental fitness is important for an expedition of this magnitude say many of the team members.
The team underwent gruelling training that tested their physical endurance for more than seven months, said trainer Harold Mah,41.
"We have been stair-climbing 29 floors at the Toronto City Hall in addition to weight training," Mah said.
The expedition will leave on March 25.