Ideal weather conditions allowed a couple of hockey guys in the State of Hockey to glide into the record book.
The Guinness World Records has certified that the longest ice hockey pass was made on a mirror-smooth Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis late last fall.
The passer: hockey enthusiast Zach Lamppa, of Detroit Lakes. The recipient: Stanley Cup champion and Wild and Gophers analyst Tom Chorske.
A Guinness representative on hand for the Nov. 20 effort said that his bosses in London determined that the pass must exceed 894 feet, or the length of nearly 4½ NHL-size rinks.
With two stripes-wearing high school officials on hand to direct the effort to claim the record for this newly established category, Lamppa and Chorske were given a few practice tries. All came up short.
Notified that now was the time to make his first official long-distance pass, the lefthanded Lamppa loaded up and muscled a wrist shot that slid … and slid … and eased past the spray-painted mark before coming to a gentle rest on Chorske’s blade. Distance: 904 feet and 4 inches.
While it wasn’t exactly like hoisting the Stanley Cup as Chorske did as a New Jersey Devil in 1995, Lamppa was happy to receive the Guinness world record certificate just the same as a video crew wrapped up documentation.