Zach Lamppa of Detroit Lakes and Tom Chorske, retired 11-season NHL player, set the Guinness World Record for the longest ice hockey pass at 904.33 feet in November 2018.
They've been friends since 2000, but this was the first time that they combined their hockey skills to break a record.
"That's the cool thing about Tom and I's relationship," Lamppa said. "We've got a very different background and we're at different ages, but this game, it brought us together."
Lamppa moved to DL in 2011 and, after seeing the lakes freeze over and skating on the smooth ice, he started wondering how far they could hit a golf ball on the lake or pass a hockey puck. In November 2017, they recorded that pass and sent it to Guinness World Records but didn't know if it would actually go anywhere.
"In April of 2018, Guinness got back to us and said 'hey, we've actually created a category for you'; surprise to us," Lamppa said.
They were told that they'd need to recreate the pass, and that Guinness members would be there to watch. Finding a lake with good enough conditions for more than 900 feet took time, but in November 2018, Lamppa and Chorske recreated the pass on Lake of the Isles and made the world record.
After experiencing that record-setting feeling, they decided that they wanted to create that same thing for youth, while making it easier for them to achieve. This led to "hockey dads amazing efforts" and their upcoming summer event at Guidant John Rose Oval in Roseville.
"We feel that we can create as an exciting end result for a record-breaker as we had," Lamppa said.
"We're willing to do it; it's going to be fun," Chorske added.
'Benchmark for success for kids and parents'
"We're looking at establishing a festival, an event mid-simmer. It's all driven by what the public wants to see," Lamppa said. "We could do roller hockey, street hockey and ice hockey at the event in July, and then we could take it from there to do a strictly ice hockey in winter of 2020 or 2021."
The pair are waiting to get more feedback from interested parties on the specifics of the event, but they already have two sponsors: Grey Duck Vodka and The Minnesotan. They plan to open the event to youth hockey players ages 6-15 of any gender and their guardians.
"It'll be a morning's worth of coming down and it'll be fun and festive. They'll get a chance to try and set a record or tie records or break records," Chorske said. "The kid that sets that record, we hand them a little certificate and he/she goes home that day feeling he/she set a record. That's pretty cool."
Since the event is a few months away and will be in the summer, the hockey dads put together some record ideas on their website that kids could set on the ice this winter. When they go out and try to set the records, Lamppa and Chorske also ask that they record themselves making the most goals in 1-minute or the fastest slap shot, so that they can feature it on their social media.
"It doesn't matter what level you play at, there is a record that you can participate in and succeed in," Lamppa said.
To become a sponsor call the hockey dads at 518-524-3445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Record-breaking videos can also be sent via email.