'Longest Hockey Game Ever' Ends in Eighth Overtime

Michele Debczak
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A Norwegian hockey league playoff game between the Storhamar Dragons and the Sparta Warriors finally came to a close at 2:32 a.m. this morning, following 217 minutes and 14 seconds of play time. The 8-hour-and-30-minute match was possibly the longest hockey game ever played, ESPN reports.

The game kicked off in Hamar, Norway at 6 p.m. on March 12. An hour in, the two teams had reached a one-to-one draw and they went into overtime to decide the winner. The game would spill into overtime eight times before Joakim Jensen of the Storhamar Dragons finally scored the goal that broke the tie.

To keep from collapsing from exhaustion, players carbo-loaded on pizza and pasta when they weren't on the ice. Over 1000 of the original 5526 spectators lasted until the game was called early Monday morning, according to The Washington Post.

The game bests the NHL’s record for longest game, set by the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons in 1936, by over 40 minutes. The athletes now have a full day to rest before meeting again for game six of the best-of-seven quarterfinal series on Tuesday, March 14.

[h/t ESPN]