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Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

May 02, 2007 13:30 ET

Bell Capital Cup Donates $221,000 to Local Charities and Minor Hockey

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - The organizing committee for the Bell Capital Cup announced today the 8th annual festival held from Dec. 28, 2006, to Jan. 1, 2007, raised $221,000 for minor hockey and local charities.

The festival is pleased to support Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO), St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, the Ottawa Senators Alumni, the Goodwill Ambassadors, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women's hockey team as host of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national women's hockey championship, the Berkshire Bruins Major Peewee AA team's scoring goals for pancreatic cancer initiative, the Ottawa District Hockey and Ottawa District Minor Hockey associations; and local minor hockey organizations.

The cheques were presented to representatives Melanie Davis and Zak Paget from CAYFO, Jennifer Seguin for the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa, Patricia Shapiro of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, Brad Marsh of the Ottawa Senators Alumni, Glen Johnston, Burt Panke and Jack McArton representing the Goodwill Ambassadors; Shelley Coolidge of the University of Ottawa Women's Hockey team, and tournament arena co-ordinators on behalf of minor hockey.

Presenting the cheques to the recipient organizations were members of the board of directors of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival and its key sponsors; Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien, Cheryl Burwash of Bell Canada, Hubert Seguin, past-president of the ODMHA; Dick Brown of the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association and tournament chair Cyril Leeder. The hockey festival has now raised more than $1.2 million for minor hockey and local charities in its eight years of operation.

Following the 2005 tournament, which included 409 teams, the Bell Capital Cup, along with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance and the city of Ottawa, released the results of an Economic Impact Assessment. The study found that the tournament generated $11.1 million in economic activity within the province of Ontario, including $7.7 million within the city of Ottawa.. Utilizing this model, the 510 teams participating in the 2007 Bell Capital Cup generated $13.84 million in economic activity within the province, with approximately $9.4 million occurring within the city of Ottawa.

The 2007 Bell Capital Cup unofficially set a new world record with 510 teams and 8,145 atom- and peewee-aged (9-, 10-, 11- and 12-year-old) players with more than 1,000 games and events from Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 to Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. The games were played on 35 local ice surfaces in the city of Ottawa, with all 21 division finals being held at Scotiabank Place. Participating teams came from across Canada and the United States, as well as China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy and Russia.

In other news, festival organizers announced that the 9th Annual Bell Capital Cup will be held Dec. 28, 2007, to Jan. 1, 2008. Organizers once again anticipate more than 500 teams will participate in the Bell Capital Cup in the 21 divisions offered.

The Bell Capital Cup launched its updated website (www.bellcapitalcup.ca) on May 1, 2007, and have begun accepting applications for the 2008 Bell Capital Cup.

BELL CAPITAL CUP

SUMMARY OF MONIES RAISED

2007 BELL CAPITAL CUP

DONATIONS TO LOCAL CHARITIES (Note 1) $25,000

MINOR HOCKEY CONTRIBUTIONS $196,000

TOTAL FOR 2008 FESTIVAL $221,000

MONIES DONATED FROM ALL FESTIVALS

2000 BELL CAPITAL CUP $41,000

2001 BELL CAPITAL CUP $105,000

2002 BELL CAPITAL CUP $105,300

2003 BELL CAPITAL CUP $146,000

2004 BELL CAPITAL CUP $266,000

2005 BELL CAPITAL CUP $193,000

2006 BELL CAPITAL CUP $142,200

2007 BELL CAPITAL CUP $221,000

TOTAL DONATIONS FROM ALL FESTIVALS $1,219,500

Note 1 - Local charity donations for 2007 included:

Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO)

St. Patrick's Home Bed Fund

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre

The Ottawa Senators Alumni

The Goodwill Ambassadors

University of Ottawa - CIS Women's Hockey Championship

Berkshire Bruins Major Peewee AA Hockey Team

Contact Information

  • Aaron Robinson, OIHF general manager, 613-599-0141
    Brian Morris, 613-599-0289