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Thunder Bay blue-liner takes part in 8OT epic

Graeme McCormack was on the ice for the Sparta Warriors in a game believed to be the longest in hockey history.
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Graeme McCormack of Thunder Bay (supplied photo).

NORWAY – Thunder Bay’s Graeme McCormack was part of hockey history on Sunday night.

The 25-year-old defenceman took part in what hockey experts think may be the longest game in the sport’s history, an eight-overtime, eight-and-a-half hour marathon between McCormack’s Sparta Warriors and the Storhamar Dragons.

The Dragons won the epic battle on a Joakim Jensen goal, ending the game at 2:32 a.m. local time to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

McCormack, who played two seasons with the Thunder Bay Bearcats of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, spent four seasons with Bemidji State University before turning pro this season overseas.

He had four goals and 20 assists this season with the Warriors.

The game was so long local police were tweeting they'd been getting calls about missing people. Final shots in the contest were 96-93 for the winning Dragons.

The longest game in NHL history remains the Montreal Maroons 1-0 win over Detroit, Mud Bruneteau scoring the winning goal 16:30 into the sixth overtime period.