- Vermilion Voice
Webb’s Machinery Gets Involved With World’s Longest Hockey Game
Peter Polischuk, employee of Webb’s Machinery, delivering the Zamboni. Photo submitted
With the help of Webb’s Machinery Lamont and Industrial Machine Inc, the 7th World’s Longest Game kicked off on February 4 in Sherwood Park.
“I’ve always been involved in one way or another,” said Peter Polischuk, decade-long employee of Webb’s Machinery, who delivered the Zamboni.
Organized by Brent Saik and family since 2003, the goal of the World’s Longest Game is to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. The game has hundreds of volunteers and 40 players taking shifts in attempt to beat their own Guinness World Record of 251 hours, seven minutes, and 58 seconds.
Local hockey players are involved in this year’s game, including Kyle Brodziak, originally from St. Paul and Ryan Warawa, originally from Mundare.
The fundraising goal is $1,500,000, and funds raised from this year’s game goes towards a new clinical trial for a drug called PCLX-001, discovered by Luc Berthiaume of the University of Alberta. The drug targets a common chemical signalling in cancer cells, causing the cells to die without affecting healthy cells. The trial will involve lymphoma and solid tumour patients enrolled in Edmonton.
To donate, visit worldslongestgame.ca/donate, and for updates, follow @worldslongestgame on Instagram or Facebook, or, @longest_game on twitter.