Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 28, 2007 14:47 ET

Media Advisory: 2008 Bell Capital Cup Events for Friday, Dec. 28

World's Largest Hockey Tournament Continues Friday

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2007) - After officially opening on Thursday, the ninth annual Bell Capital Cup, the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, continues on Friday, Dec. 28 as all but two of the 489 teams make their 2008 tournament debut. Thursday's opening game saw the Major Peewee AAA division kick-off the tournament with the Ottawa Valley Titans defeating Finland EJK-95 3-2 at Scotiabank Place.

The National Capital Region welcomes close to 25,000 players and their families 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 Bell Capital Cup generated $13.1 million in economic activity within the region and province last year alone.

On the heels of last year's record-breaking event, this year's Bell Capital Cup continues to welcome the world. The 489 participating teams will by vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy as tournament champion. The tournament welcomes teams from all over the globe, including more than 80 teams from the United States, as well as teams from China, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia and Switzerland.

The 21 divisions, including two girls' divisions, will play more than 900 games on 34 ice surfaces across Ottawa -- from Stittsville to Cumberland and points in between. Each division's championship game will be played at Scotiabank Place over the course of three days on Sunday, Dec. 30, Monday, Dec. 31 and 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 donated 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. The 2007 totals rank second only to the $266,000 raised in 2004.

Tournament events for Friday, Dec. 28, 2007

Ottawa Senators open practice: Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 -11 a.m. to noon, Scotiabank Place

Washington Capitals open practice: Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Scotiabank Place

All teams participating in the tournament, along with fans, are invited to watch the Ottawa Senators and/or the Washington Capitals practice at Scotiabank Place. Those visiting for the practice are asked to enter Scotiabank Place via gate 3. The Senators will host Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Scotiabank-Canadian Tire all-star games

Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 - Please see www.bellcapitalcup.ca for start times

The Bell Capital Cup is pleased to offer each division the opportunity to participate in a Scotiabank-Canadian Tire all-star game. In total, 35 Canadian Tire All-Star games will be played during the tournament. Teams are asked by the organizing committee to provide their most skilled players for previously determined positions for these games. Players in the game will receive a take home Scotiabank-Canadian Tire all-star jersey as a souvenir from this game. At the conclusion of the game, the Canadian Tire three stars will be selected including a goaltender (Adam Harlow Award winners), a defenceman and a forward.

Game of note:

Canada vs. the World presented by Nike Canada - Scotiabank Place - 7:45 p.m.

Scotiabank Place will host three Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-Star games on Friday evening. Games begin at 4:40 p.m. with the Minor Atom AA Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-star game, followed by the Major Peewee AAA/AA All-star game at 6:10 p.m. while the night concludes with the Canada vs. the World game presented by Nike Canada at 7:45 p.m.

Bell Capital Cup awards for players

Player-of- the-game awards: Following each game of the Bell Capital Cup, two awards will be presented (approximately 1,800 trophies for the duration of the tournament). The awards will be presented at the arena following the game.

At the conclusion of each game, a Player of the Game and a Defensive Player of the Game will be selected. The players will be awarded a pewter and rosewood statuette to commemorate their hard work and effort from the game. Recipients are ineligible on a second occasion, unless the second award is for play in the championship game or a team's final game of the tournament.

Adam Harlow Trophy

The Adam Harlow Trophy is awarded to the top goalie in each of the all-star games. Adam Harlow died tragically at the age of 10 on March 24, 2002. He played in the Kemptville District Minor Hockey League for three years but really 'came into his own' as a goalie for the Kemptville Panthers. He is survived by his parents, Lajla and Bob, and siblings Julie and Mark. He was devoted to the game and was very proud to be chosen as his team's only goalie. Hockey was Adam's greatest passion in life.

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

Contact Information

  • Chris Moore, 613-599-0326
    Aaron Robinson, 613-599-0161