Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

November 30, 2007 13:40 ET

2008 Bell Capital Cup Returns as World's Largest Hockey Tournament

Planet's largest hockey tournament officially 'Skates Into History' by setting a New Guinness World Record for Number of Teams and Players

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The board of directors of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival is pleased to announce that the Bell Capital Cup can officially be considered the world's largest ice hockey tournament as declared by the Guinness World Records organization. The 2007 edition of the Bell Capital Cup included 510 teams and 8,145 players, establishing new world records for the largest ice hockey tournament and the most players in an ice hockey tournament.

"On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, all of the players, volunteers and families who have taken part in the Bell Capital Cup in the past and who have helped to make the tournament what it is today," said Bell Capital Cup chair Cyril Leeder. "Only a short time ago, the tournament was in its infancy with only 94 teams. It is one of the premier hockey tournaments in the world today, which is something that the residents of the National Capital Region should be extremely proud of."

The ninth annual Bell Capital Cup will be held from Dec. 28, 2007, to Jan. 1, 2008.

The National Capital Region is set to welcome close to 25,000 players and family members for the annual tournament - with a community impact that has seen the festival directly raise more than $1.2 million for minor hockey and local charities over the last eight years. The world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, the Bell Capital Cup generated $13 million in economic activity within the region and province last year alone.

Serving as honorary co-chair of this year's event is former Ottawa West minor hockey player and Ottawa Senators defenceman, Luke Richardson. "It is an honour to be asked to participate in the world's largest hockey tournament, especially since I've been able to experience the passion and excitement of the event with my children." Both of Richardson's daughters have played in the tourney.

The 2008 Bell Capital Cup will play host to 485 teams vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from eight different countries, including the United States, China, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Switzerland and Canada. The Senators host the Washington Capitals on the second day of the tournament, Saturday, Dec. 29.

The 21 divisions, including two girls divisions, will play more than 900 games on 34 ice surfaces across Ottawa, from Stittsville to Navan and points in between. Each division's championship game will be played at Scotiabank Place over the course of three days from Sunday, Dec. 30, to Tuesday, 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, $221,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the eight-year total for the festival to more than $1.2 million.

Contact Information

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