Forty women in Burnaby, B.C., have set an unofficial record for the longest hockey game ever played and raised more than $125,000 for cystic fibrosis research in the process.
The 10-day-long game ended Monday at the Burnaby 8 Rinks arena, which is located just outside of Vancouver.
The women played in four-hour shifts and slept in RVs and tents in the arena's parking lot.
After players broke the existing Guinness World Record around 11 a.m. Monday, red roses littered the ice and referees hugged players.
Volunteer organizer Meagan Wong says the players are mentally and physically exhausted and the 243 hours of hockey they played is equivalent to three NHL seasons.
According to the Guinness World Records website, the longest marathon ice-hockey game currently on record took place in Park, Alta., this past February and lasted 242 hours.