Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 30, 2009 10:20 ET

Media Advisory: 2010 Bell Capital Cup Events for Wednesday, Dec. 30

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 30, 2009) - After officially opening on Tuesday, the 11th annual Bell Capital Cup - the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament - continues on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when all but two of the 502 teams make their 2010 tournament debut. In Tuesday's opening - Minor Atom AAA division game, the Cleveland Barons defeated the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 3-2 at Scotiabank Place.

The 2010 edition of the Bell Capital Cup includes 19 divisions, 502 teams and 8,534 players. This edition of the tournament, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 3, marks only the second occasion that more than 500 teams are participating.

The National Capital Region welcomes 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.

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 representation from 14 individual states).

The 19 divisions, including two girls groupings, 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.

Bell Capital Cup awards for players

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

At the conclusion of each game, a player of the game and a defensive player of the game will be selected. 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.

Games of Note for Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Atom House A - Beijing Dragons vs. Canterbury Crusaders @ 10:10 a.m., Walter Baker Arena (A)

Atom Major AAA - Dallas Alliance Bulldogs vs. Bay State Breakers @ 10:15 a.m., Bell Sensplex (Ott. Citizen)

Peewee Major A - Reston Raiders vs. Karhu Kissat Bears @ 11:15 a.m., Barbara Ann Scott Arena

Girls Atom AA - Nepean Wildcats vs. Oakville Hornets @ 12:50 p.m., Bell Sensplex (Scotiabank)

Atom Major B - Kanata Blazers vs. Hampton Roads Whalers @ 2:25 p.m., Nepean Sportsplex

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

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