Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 16, 2011 13:12 ET

2012 Bell Capital Cup to Welcome 25,000 Visitors to National Capital Region

More than 400 minor hockey teams set to take part in Ottawa holiday tradition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - 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. 28. The 2012 edition of this annual atom and peewee tournament will include 19 divisions, 410 teams and more than 7,000 players. This 13th edition of the event, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 1, will officially kick off on Dec. 27 at the Bell Sensplex with the Bell Capital Cup Fanfest and Esso Friendly Games, which are open to the public.

"On behalf of the organizing committee and our board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tournament organizers and volunteers who have been working hard to provide the participants and their families with an unforgettable experience in our nation's capital," said tournament chair and Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder. "This hockey extravaganza will showcase great minor hockey action, Ottawa Senators games, Sens Skills, a Senators open practice, Pro Hockey Zone skills competitions and the Scotiabank/Canadian Tire all-star games. As always, the highlight of the festival will be the 1,000-plus hours of tournament games played at the Bell Capital Cup."

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 $2.26 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 will include the use of nearly 12,000 hotel rooms for this year's event.

Serving as honorary chair of this year's tournament is former Senators forward and Kanata native Todd White.

Teams at the 2012 Bell Capital Cup will be vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from five different countries, including Canada (three provinces and one territory), Finland, Germany, South Korea and the United States (with representation from nine individual states).

The Senators will play two games at Scotiabank Place during the tournament, beginning with a visit by the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Calgary Flames on Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The tournament will also be highlighted by the fan-friendly Sens Skills competition, presented by Metro, which will take place at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m.

The Bell Capital Cup's 19 divisions, including two girls groups, will play more than 850 games on 33 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, Dec. 30, to Sunday, Jan. 1. Scotiabank-Canadian Tire all-star games are slated for Dec. 28 in all divisions, with the Pro Hockey Zone skills competitions taking place on Dec. 29 and 30.

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 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, $259,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the 12-year total for the festival to more than $2.26 million.

Media opportunity: Members of the media are invited to Scotiabank Place on Saturday, Dec. 17, between 7 a.m. and noon for a photo opportunity as Bell Capital Cup general manager Scott Lawryk, tournament organizers and volunteers distribute trophies, pucks, tournament programs and signage to local arena representatives. Media are asked to enter Scotiabank Place via the Gate 3 entrance.

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