Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 09, 2009 13:55 ET

2010 Bell Capital Cup Set to Welcome 25,000 Visitors to Canada's Capital

More than 500 teams participating as hockey tournament continues Ottawa holiday tradition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2009) - The board of directors of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival is pleased to announce that the annual Bell Capital Cup will return to the nation's capital on Dec. 30. The 2010 edition of the planet's premier atom and peewee tournament will include 19 divisions, 502 teams and 8,534 players. This 11th edition of the tournament, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 3, marks only the second occasion that more than 500 teams will participate.

"On behalf of our board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to particularly thank all of the volunteers, the minor hockey associations and administrators, players and families who have taken part in the Bell Capital Cup in the past and who have helped make the tournament the success that it is today," said Bell Capital Cup chair and Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder. "It is with a great sense of pride that we enter our second decade of spirit, fun and competition. In saluting our past, we also look forward to continued stewardship of the Bell Capital Cup now recognized by hockey organizations and famillies from all over the world as an annual holiday tradition in the National Capital Region."

Later this month, the National Capital Region will welcome more than 25,000 visitors to the area for the annual tournament - with a community impact that has seen the festival raise more than $1.75 million in direct support of minor hockey and local charities over the past 10 years. Widely recognized as the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, the Bell Capital Cup has consistently generated a wide array of economic activity within the region, which includes the use of close to 12,000 hotel rooms for this year's festival.

Serving as honorary co-chair of this year's event is Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner, a native of nearby Winchester, (Ont.).

"It is an honour to be asked to participate in a hockey tournament of this magnitude, especially one that means so much to our region," said Carkner. "It doesn't feel like all that long ago that I was participating in tournaments like this one. I'm looking forward to seeing the excitement and energy of these young athletes as it will certainly bring back some great memories."

Teams at the 2010 Bell Capital Cup will be vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from six different countries, including Canada (three provinces, one territory), China, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the United States (with represenation from 14 individual states). The Senators will play three games at Scotiabank Place during the tournament, beginning with a visit by the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m., followed by the New York Islanders on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., before opposing the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m.

The 19 divisions, including two girls divisions, will play more than 950 games on 35 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 Friday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 3.

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, support minor hockey and local charities. Last year, $228,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the 10-year total for the festival to more than $1.75 million.

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