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World’s Longest Hockey Game in urgent need of more referees

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WATCH ABOVE: With just hours to go until puck drop, a problem has emerged at the latest record attempt for the World's Longest Hockey Game east of Edmonton. Kevin Karius explains why the participants are now scrambling to find more referees – Feb 8, 2018

Organizers of the World’s Longest Hockey Game put out an emergency call Thursday for more officials, after learning of a last-minute requirement from Guinness World Records.

The charity game is scheduled to start on Friday. It lasts 10 days and is played on an outdoor NHL-sized rink east of Edmonton.

It raises funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support Terry Fox Research Institute’s PROFYLE. Since 2003, the event has raised more than $3.4 million.

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This year, founder Brent Saik, 40 brave players and 800 volunteers will go for their sixth Guinness World Record, having broken it in each of their five previous games.

READ MORE: Edmonton-area hockey players prepare to reclaim title for world’s longest game

However, on Thursday, one of the team members put out a public plea for help on Twitter.

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Dustin Nielson said Guinness officials advised them they need two refs and two linesmen at all times — twice as many officials as they had planned. Nielson said no referee experience is needed, but volunteers must be over the age of 18. Shifts are two hours long.

He asked Edmonton to come together and help out the cause, directing people to email wlhgrefs@outlook.com.

A spokesperson for the Spruce Grove Saints confirmed its members will be referees for the WLHG and is currently working on a schedule.

Nielson later tweeted that the organization had received an overwhelming response, and they were working to reply to everyone who offered to help out.

On Friday, a spokesperson for Guinness World Records told Global News this isn’t a new change.

“As we’ve always abided by NHL standards, this referee system has been a requirement since the title’s inception,” PR manager Elizabeth Montoya said.

To donate to the team or to a specific player (like Global’s own Kevin Karius!) click here.

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Aerial photograph of the World's Longest Hockey Game from UAV North. Courtesy: UAV North
The final push at the World's Longest Hockey Game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Lisa Wolansky, Global News
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Colin Hackett on the ice at the World's Longest Hockey Game on Feb. 12, 2015. Kevin Karius, Global News
Players at the World's Longest Hockey Game celebrate after unofficially breaking the record with 246 hours of consecutive hockey, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Lisa Wolansky, Global News
The final day of the World's Longest Hockey Game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Michel Boyer, Global News
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Forty players and dozens of volunteers have nearly completed their 10 day journey at the World's Longest Hockey Game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Michel Boyer, Global News
Day 6 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Tim Spelliscy, Global News
Gord Steinke and his wife, Deb, visit Kevin Karius on day 3 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Global News
The World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres east of Edmonton. Global News
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The World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres east of Edmonton. Global News
The World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres east of Edmonton. Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Lisa Wolansky, Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Lisa Wolansky, Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Lisa Wolansky, Global News
Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Courtesy: Mandy Kostiuk
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Day 3 at the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Kevin Karius, Global News
Those playing in the World's Longest Hockey Game are wearing patches dedicated to Patrick Steel on their jerseys. Kevin Karius, Global News
Day 1 of the World's Longest Hockey Game. Geoff Stickle, Global News
The first day of the World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Margeaux Morin, Global News
The first day of the World's Longest Hockey Game at Saiker's Acres Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Margeaux Morin, Global News