Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 13, 2010 12:43 ET

2011 Bell Capital Cup to Welcome 25,000 Visitors to National Capital Region

More than 490 teams participating as hockey tournament resumes Ottawa holiday tradition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2010) - The board of directors of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival is pleased to announce that the Bell Capital Cup will return to the nation's capital on Dec. 30. The 2011 edition of this annual atom and peewee tournament will include 19 divisions, 492 teams and 8,364 players. This 12th edition of the tournament, which runs through Monday, Jan. 3, will officially kick off with the Bell Capital Cup Fanfest, which is open to the public, on Dec. 29 at the Bell Sensplex.

"On behalf of our board of directors, it's with a great sense of civic pride that I take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers, the minor hockey associations and administrators, players and families who are preparing to take part in this year's edition of the Bell Capital Cup," said tournament chair and Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder. "From its inception more than a decade ago, the tournament continues to expand. We'll welcome our largest number of international teams this year, which signifies a recognition by hockey organizations and famillies from all over the world that this is an exceptional holiday tradition and the world's premier minor hockey tournament".

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 $2 million in direct support of minor hockey and local charities since its inception in 1999. 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 chair of this year's event is Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner, a native of nearby Winchester, Ont.

Teams at the 2011 Bell Capital Cup will be vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from seven different countries, including Canada (five provinces, one territory), China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and the United States (with representation from 14 individual states). The Senators will play two games at Scotiabank Place during the tournament, beginning with a visit by the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner currently ranks second in the NHL in rookie scoring and participated in the Bell Capital Cup in both 2003 and 2004.

The 19 divisions, including two girls divisions, will play more than 940 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 Saturday, Jan. 1, to Monday, 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, $252,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the 11-year total for the festival to more than $1.75 million.

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