Former University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's hockey players Steve Zmudczynski and John Haggis are looking to break a Guinness World Record while raising funds for the Alberta Children's Hospital.
Zmudczynski and Haggis are part of a 40-man group of players participating in a hockey marathon May 4 to 14 at the Chestermere Arena just outside of Calgary. They've set a goal of raising $2 million for the charity.
A former assistant captain of the Pronghorns, Zmudczynski suited up for the program for three seasons from 2006 to 2009, while Haggis was a goaltender with the program from 2004 until 2007.
"I am excited to be taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Zmudczynski before the first puck drop on May 4. "For 11 days, I will take part in a rotating schedule of four hours on the ice and four hours off, which will prove to be grueling both mentally and physically, but pales in comparison to what some children have to go through each and every day. I have set an individual goal to raise $10,000."
To make a donation online, both Zmudczynski and Haggis have personal donation pages on the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation webpage.
In May 2012, the Oilympics team made history with a 246-hour hockey game, raising funds and awareness for the Alberta Children's Hospital Childhood Cancer Program. They succeeded in their goal and set a new record for the world's longest hockey game while raising over $1.5M in much needed funds for the hospital.
Now two years later, the group looks to do it all over again, this time in support of brain health. As you can imagine, when your child is seriously ill, it's frightening. When the illness affects your child's brain, it's devastating. Sadly, an estimated 150,000 children in southern Alberta are affected by brain disorders. Brain-based illnesses can affect a child's development, intelligence, personality and life-long potential, which is why the Alberta Children's Hospital has made brain health a priority.
For additional information or to confirm your commitment, please visit www.hockeymarathon.com.