Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 30, 2010 10:10 ET

Media Advisory: 2011 Bell Capital Cup Events for Thursday, Dec. 30

More than 490 teams participating as hockey tournament continues Ottawa holiday tradition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 30, 2010) - After officially opening with the tournament's inaugural FanFest at the Bell Sensplex on Wednesday, the 12th annual Bell Capital Cup – the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament – continues on Thursday, Dec. 30, when all but one of the 493 teams make their 2010 tournament debut.

The 2011 edition of the Bell Capital Cup includes 19 divisions, 493 teams and 8,381 players. This edition of the tournament, which runs through Monday, Jan. 3, will see representation from an all-time tournament-high seven different countries.

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 $2 million in direct support of minor hockey and local charities over the past 11 years. 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 hockey festival.

Teams at the 2011 Bell Capital Cup will be vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from Canada (five provinces, one territory), China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and the United States (with representation from 14 individual states).

The 19 divisions, including two girls groupings, will play more than 990 games on 34 ice surfaces across the Ottawa region, 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 Saturday, Jan. 1, to Monday, 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. More than 2,000 volunteers will assist with the facilitation of this year's tournament. Money raised will once again support minor hockey and local charities. Last year, $252,000 was raised through Bell Capital Cup initiatives, bringing the 11-year total for the festival to more than $2 million.

Bell Capital Cup awards for players

Player-of- the-game awards: Following each game at 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 hardest worker of the game will be selected. Players of the game will be awarded a pewter and rosewood statuette to commemorate their hard work, while hardest workers of the game will receive an exclusive Sens medal for their. 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 Thursday, Dec. 30

Major Atom AAA – North Shore Winterhawks vs. Compuware at 1:50 p.m., Bell Sensplex (Mattamy Homes)

Girls Peewee AA – London Devilettes vs. Aurora Panthers at 12:50p.m., Bell Sensplex (Ott. Citizen)

Peewee House A – Beijing Iceloong vs. Leitrim Hawks 1 at 9:45 a.m., Bob Macquarrie Complex

Atom House B – Orleans Ice Dawgs vs. West End Warriors at11:15 a.m., Jack Charron Arena

Minor Atom A – Bradford Bulldogs vs. Valley East Rebels at 10:10 a.m., Goulbourn Recreation Complex

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

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