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December 01, 2006 13:49 ET

2007 Bell Capital Cup

Ottawa International Hockey Festival Announces the 2007 Bell Capital Cup

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - The board of directors of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival is pleased to announce that the eighth annual Bell Capital Cup, to be held Dec. 28, 2006, to Jan. 1, 2007, will set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest tournament with an anticipated 509 teams.

The National Capital Region is set to welcome close to 25,000 players and their families for the annual tournament, with a community impact that has seen the festival directly raise more than $950,000 for minor hockey and local charities over the last six years. The world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, the Bell Capital Cup generated $11.1 million in economic activity within the region and province last year alone.

Serving as honorary co-chairs of this year's event are Ottawa Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov and Senators forward Patrick Eaves. Volchenkov returns as part of the tournament for the second straight year. "It's an honour to be asked to participate in the world's largest minor hockey tournament again, especially one that involves so many international teams and ones from my native Russia," said Volchenkov.

"Being able to give back to the Ottawa community and participate in a tournament of this quality and size is very special," added Eaves. "These kids play for the love of the game, and that's what this tournament is about."

As the Bell Capital Cup launches its theme for 2007 - Skating Into History - it will play host to 509 teams vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. Returning countries include the United States with 90 teams, Czech Republic, China, Finland, France and Russia. With the assistance of the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner, a team from Italy will represent the newest country to participate.

This year also marks the inclusion of the peewee house A division for the first time, along with divisions in Quebec (atome BB and peewee BB).

The 21 divisions, including two girls divisions, will play more than 900 games on 35 ice surfaces across Ottawa - from Stittsville to Cumberland and points in between. Each division's championship game will be played at Scotiabank Place over the course of three days on Saturday, Dec. 30, Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1.

The Ottawa International Hockey Festival is a non-profit organization with the mandate, as set forth by its volunteer board of directors, to support local children's charities and minor hockey. The Bell Capital Cup provides young athletes with an opportunity to compete against their peers at a high level, meet new friends and develop their skills both on and off the ice, in a fun, yet competitive setting. Money raised from this year's tournament will, once again, be given to minor hockey and local charities. Last year, $140,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the seven-year total for the festival to more than $950,000.

Contact Information

  • Aaron Robinson, Bell Capital Cup - 613-599-0161
    Brian Morris, Ottawa Senators - 613-599-0289