Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

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Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 27, 2006 16:35 ET

Media Advisory: 2007 Bell Capital Cup Events for Thursday, Dec. 28

Guinness World Record Breaking Bell Capital Cup Officially Opens

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 27, 2006) - The eighth annual Bell Capital Cup, the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, officially opens on Thursday, Dec. 28, and runs to Monday, Jan.1, 2007. This year's tournament will set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest hockey tournament with an anticipated 510 teams.

The National Capital Region is set to welcome 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 $950,000 for minor hockey and local charities over the last seven years. The Bell Capital Cup generated $11.1 million in economic activity within the region and province last year alone.

The theme for this year's Bell Capital Cup is 'Skating Into History'. The 510 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 90 teams from the United States, as well as teams from the Czech Republic, China, Finland, France and Russia. With the assistance of the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner, a team from Torino, Italy will represent the newest country to participate.

This year also marks the inclusion of the peewee house A division for the first time, along with divisions in Quebec (atome BB and peewee BB).

The 21 divisions, including two girls divisions, will play more than 900 games on 35 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 Saturday, Dec. 30, Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, 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 given to minor hockey and local charities. Last year, $140,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the seven-year total for the festival to more than $950,000.

Tournament events for Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006

Ottawa Senators open practice: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 -11 a.m. to noon, Scotiabank Place

All teams participating in the tournament, along with fans, are invited to watch the Ottawa Senators practice at Scotiabank Place. Those visiting for the practice are asked to enter Scotiabank Place via gate 3.

Bell Capital Cup opening ceremonies and Nike-Bauer Canada vs. The World All-Star Classic

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 - 7:00 p.m. - Scotiabank Place

Guests : Ottawa mayor Larry O'Brien; Steve Parrish, Nike/Bauer; Gary Cameron, president, Bell Security Solutions Inc; Cyril Leeder, chairman, Bell Capital Cup and chief operating officer, Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place; Mike Depratto, president, Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association

This year's opening ceremonies will take place prior to the minor peewee AA Nike-Bauer all-star game featuring Canada vs. The World and will be broadcast on Rogers Television across Ontario. Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 (tape delay) and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Canadian Tire all-star games

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 - Please see www.bellcapitalcup.ca for start times

The Bell Capital Cup is pleased to offer each division the opportunity to participate in a 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 Canadian Tire all-star jersey as a souvenir and memento from this game. At the conclusion of the game, the Canadian Tire three stars will be selected including a goaltender, a defenceman and a forward.

Bell Capital Cup awards for players

Player-of- the-game awards: Following each game, two awards will be presented following each game of the tournament (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 stunning pewter and rosewood statuette to commemorate their hard work and effort from the game. No player may win one of these twice, unless the second award is for play in the final game on championship Sunday.

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 tender 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. His parents, Lajla and Bob, and siblings Julie and Mark survive him. He was devoted to the game and was very proud to be picked as his team's only goalie. Hockey was Adam's greatest passion in life. Trophies will be awarded after each all-star game, at each teams' home arena during tournament.

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

Contact Information

  • Brian Morris, 613-599-0289
    Aaron Robinson, 613-599-0161