Game still on!

AJAY BHARDWAJ -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

Fractured feet, pulled groins, a ripped toenail and general fatigue aren't enough to stop 40 hockey-mad cancer fighters from raising cash to fight the devastating illness. Into their eighth day of play, the group will set the record for the world's longest hockey tonight around 11 p.m. at an acreage southeast of Edmonton. And they're using memories of loved ones taken by cancer to keep the game going to the 240 consecutive hours they planned to play by Monday noon.

"I lost my dad to cancer, so for me this is a pretty personal thing," said Scott Shaw, whose father, Gordon Shaw, died of lymphoma in 1991.

"My dad (is an inspiration) and my mother, too. I lost my stepdad last spring to a stroke. For my mom, too, it's been a grind. So to see how strong she's been through losing two men in her life, she's very much a motivating factor for me."

Brent Saik, who's father and wife died of cancer, organized the record-setting bid. The goal, of course, was to raise cash for cancer research.

Goalie John Sorensen, an Edmonton city cop, suffered a pulled groin and an injured shoulder but fought through them to stay on the ice. He uses the memory of his mother, Margit, to keep going.

"What she went through, her cancer treatment, I kind of use that as inspiration," said Sorensen, whose mother died from cervical cancer in 1989.

"If she could put up with the pain of what she went through, then this is easy compared to that."

While the weary skaters are gutting it out, rumours that negotiations were underway between the National Hockey League and its players yesterday drew chuckles.

"I think it's hard for us to understand what they're arguing about with the amount of money that they're making," said Shaw. "I love hockey and that's why a lot of us are doing this. It's a business, too. From my standpoint ... them squabbling, I think ... the average fan (says) 'what am I supporting here?' "

But fans coming out to the Ardrossan rink are moved by what they see, Shaw said.

"They're seeing we're out here, guys are playing hurt and sore and what's it for? It's to raise money for kids. It's not for money, it's just for a great cause."

The record will be nice to set. The end will be even nicer, Sorensen said.

"The record's good and all that, but that's the last thing on my mind.

"I really don't care about Guinness. It's donations that we want to get."

Team A led Team B 1,540 - 1,360 last night.


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