Forty hockey players, many in their 40s and 50s, successfully achieved a new world's record for Buffalo early today at the HarborCenter, shattering a record for the longest continuous hockey game - assuming the carefully documented feat is certified by Guinness World Records.
The Buffalo effort raised more than $1.2 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Center, according to Mike and Amy Lesakowski, co-chairs of the event.
[Gallery: 11 Day Power Play, Day 7]
The record was broken at about 7:03 a.m. It happened in the third hour of the 54th 4-hour session, or period, of the game, according to Kim Conrad, a volunteer who handled record-keeping and statistics for the "11-Day Power Play," as the Buffalo effort was called. Play continued for at least another 33 minutes, an effort by two exhausted Buffalo teams to add some cushion between themselves and the old record of 250 hours, three minutes and 20 seconds, set in 2015 by players in Alberta, Canada.
At the final horn, hundreds of spectators rose and applauded and the players spilled onto the ice for an emotional celebration.
We'll post a column shortly that offers a description of of the game.
-- Sean Kirst