New world record set in street hockey

Youth Sticking Together earned a place in the book of Guinness World Records for playing street hockey for 105 hours, 44 minutes.

Players celebrate Tuesday evening at the Lions Sports Centre lacrosse box after breaking the record for the world’s longest street hockey game.

Players celebrate Tuesday evening at the Lions Sports Centre lacrosse box after breaking the record for the world’s longest street hockey game.

Vancouver Island street hockey players persevered and set a new world record.

Youth Sticking Together achieved its ultimate goal and earned a place in the book of Guinness World Records for playing street hockey for 105 hours, 44 minutes.

Players broke the record Tuesday evening at 5:17 p.m. at the Lions Sports Centre lacrosse box on Wall Street. The game had faced off Friday morning at 8 a.m. and the teams played around the clock, in the sun and in the dark. How did they do it?

“Dedication, pride, passion, all those words,” said Tali Campbell, event organizer. “At 105 hours, it doesn’t matter who got the prettiest goal or who’s got the most goals or the most saves. It’s about a team coming together and supporting each other.”

The final score was 1,728-1,381, with Team University Village Mall topping Team Coastal Community Credit Union. But the previous world record of 105 hours, 17 minutes was the only stat the players cared about. It motivated the teams all the way through their marathon effort.

“It was so hard,” said Kylie Paloposki, one of the players. “I broke into tears more than once. It was so painful, and sleeping on the floor and waking up in the middle of the night to play for three hours, that wasn’t very fun.

“You just have to think about the end and think about what you’re working for and think about the accomplishment that you’re going to have made once you finish.”

There was adversity, with players suffering heat stroke, scrapes, bruises, blisters and one of the players, Brighton Bartlett, getting sidelined with a serious knee injury.

It was motivation for guys like Greg Nelson to keep limping their way through shifts.

“I was like, ‘Well, I’ve just got a minor injury, he’s been to the hospital, so I need to push through,’” Nelson said.

At the record-breaking moment, both teams celebrated like champions, then played on to put the record a little further out of reach. Campbell said the moment brought tears to his eyes.

“It really makes you proud and it makes you believe that you can do anything you want,” he said.

He said the experience will inspire the young players in their future endeavours, whatever those may be.

“It teaches you to stick with what you’re doing, not to give up,” Paloposki said. “If you work hard at something, you’ll achieve it.”

The event raised money for Big Brother Big Sisters Central Vancouver Island, Canuck Place hospice and Victoria’s Topaz Box revitalization project. Youth Sticking Together might be done with breaking hockey records, said Campbell, but he hopes the organization will continue in some capacity. Rick Nelson, one of the board members, had a suggestion to that effect:

“Next year can we try my idea of the world’s longest lawn bowling game?”

Just Posted

Janice Coady, left, Aimee Chalifoux and Linda Milford at a vigil for Amy Watts on Wednesday, June 16, outside Nanaimo city hall. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
‘We need to do better,’ says mother of woman who was killed in Nanaimo

Vigil held for former outreach worker Amy Watts, whose body was found downtown June 3

The B.C. Ministry of Education has announced close to $44 million for the province’s schools for COVID-19 recovery. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school stakeholders say COVID-19 recovery funding can make a difference

B.C. Ministry of Education announces it expects a ‘near-normal’ return to class in September

Nanaimo artist Melissa Anderson has paintings on display at White Rabbit Coffee Co. for the next month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo painter showcases coastal Island views in first exhibit in two years

Melissa Anderson presents ‘Seascapes’ oil painting exhibit at White Rabbit Coffee Co.

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read