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Hockey Marathon passes fundraising goal, reaches world record

Hockey players in Chestermere have hung up their skates after breaking their own record for the world’s longest hockey game while surpassing a $2-million dollar fundraising goal for the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

With a big push for funds in the final hours of the 248 hour game, this year’s Hockey Marathon for the Kids raised about $1,000 more than its goal.

Hundreds of people cheered at the rec center as the players from Team Hope and Team Cure finished the final minutes of their more than 10-day game Wednesday evening.

Dr. Adam Kirton, a pediatric neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, said all the money raised will go towards brain health.

“It’s really wide reaching across all sorts of different neurological disorders that effect kids and funding like this is able to support all the different elements of that,” said Kirton.

During closing ceremonies on Wednesday, some of the players told 660News it was a tough ten days, but worth it for the kids.

Now they are looking forward to sleep.