Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 27, 2008 23:26 ET

2009 Bell Capital Cup Events For Sunday, Dec. 28

Puck Drops on 30 area ice pads for the World's Largest Hockey Tournament on Sunday

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 27, 2008) - After officially opening the Bell Capital Cup on Saturday evening, the 10th annual Bell Capital Cup, the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, begins tomorrow when the puck drops at 30 ice pads across the city starting at 8 a.m. All but 13 of the 485 teams will make their 2009 tournament debut tomorrow, with the remaining teams taking to the ice for the first time on Monday. Saturday's opening game saw the major peewee AAA division kick off the tournament with the Gloucester Rangers defeating the Victoria Racquet Club Kings 5-0 at the Bell Sensplex.

The National Capital Region welcomes close to 25,000 players and their families for the annual tournament, which has raised more than $1.4 million for minor hockey and local charities over the last nine years. The Bell Capital Cup also generated $13.4 million in economic activity within the region and province last year alone.

On the heels of last year's event, this year's Bell Capital Cup continues to welcome the world. This year's tournament hosts more than 69 teams from the United States, as well as entries from China, Finland and Germany.

The 19 divisions, including two girls' groupings, will play more than 900 games on 30 ice surfaces across Ottawa -- from Kinburn to Masson-Angers (Quebec) and points in between. Each division's championship game will be played at the Bell Sensplex over the course of three days on Tuesday, Dec. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, 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 donated to minor hockey and local charities. Last year, more than $200,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the nine-year total for the festival to more than $1.4 million. The 2008 total ranks second only to the $266,000 raised in 2004.

Tournament events for Sunday, Dec. 28

Tournament Round-Robin Games Kick Off

8 a.m.

Tournament round-robin games begin across the city at all 20 facilities and 30 ice pads to start play at the 10th annual Bell Capital Cup.

World Junior Hockey Games

Various Bell Capital Cup teams will descend upon SBP Arena and the Civic Centre to take in World Junior Hockey Championship action.

Civic Centre

2:30 p.m. - Russia vs. Finland

6:30 p.m. - Sweden vs. Slovakia

SBP Arena

3:30 p.m. - Kazakhstan vs. Canada

7:30 p.m. - Czech Republic vs. United States

The Russia vs. Finland game will feature the three teams from Jokerit, Finland, attending the game in suites along with their billeting/host teams (Ottawa Valley Minor Peewee AAA Titans, Nepean Minor Peewee AAA Raiders and Ottawa Minor Peewee AA Sting).

Bell Capital Cup awards for players

Nike-Bauer and Ottawa Senators Player-of- the-game awards: Following each game at the Bell Capital Cup, the Nike-Bauer player of the game and the Ottawa Senators Hardest Worker awards will be presented (about 1,800 trophies for the duration of the tournament) to deserving members of each team. The awards will be presented at each arena following each game.

At the conclusion of each game, a Nike-Bauer player of the game and a Senators Hardest Worker award will be selected. Nike-Bauer players of the game will be awarded a pewter and rosewood statuette to commemorate their selection, while the Ottawa Senators Hardest Worker winners will receive a Senators hard hat to their hard work and effort from the game. Recipients are ineligible to be honoured on a second occasion, unless the second award is for play in the championship game or a team's final game of the tournament.

For more information about the Bell Capital Cup, including updated schedules, statistics and results, visit www.bellcapitalcup.ca.

Contact Information

  • Francois Marchand, 613-599-0326
    Aaron Robinson, 613-599-0161