Bell Capital Cup

Bell Capital Cup

December 28, 2013 07:30 ET

Media Advisory: 2014 Bell Capital Cup events for Saturday, Dec. 28

More than 300 minor hockey teams taking part in Ottawa holiday tradition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 28, 2013) - After officially opening with the tournament's Fanfest and Esso Friendly Games at the Bell Sensplex on Friday, the 15th annual Bell Capital Cup, the world's premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, gets underway later today when all 310 teams make their tournament debut.

Regional director of community affairs for Bell Canada Sandy Clement will be joined by Dodie Malcolm, president of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association, and Bell Capital Cup general manager Scott Lawryk for a ceremonial puck drop to officially kick-off the tournament as the Major Atom AAA division's Cumberland Jr. Grads face Japan's Saitama Jr. Warriors at 11:40 a.m. at the Bell Sensplex (Canadian Tire pad).

The 2014 edition of the Bell Capital Cup, which runs through Wednesday, Jan. 1, includes 19 divisions, 310 teams and more than 5,300 players vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. This year's field will be comprised of teams from seven different countries, including Austria, Canada (four provinces and one territory), China, Finland, Germany, Japan and the United States (with representation from eight individual states).

The National Capital Region welcomes more than 15,000 visitors to the area for the annual tournament, with a community impact that has seen the festival raise more than $2.5 million in direct support of minor hockey and local charities since its inception in 1999.

The Bell Capital Cup's 19 divisions, including two girls groups, will play more than 600 games on 27 ice surfaces across Ottawa, from Stittsville to Orleans and points in between. Each division's championship game will be played at Canadian Tire Centre over the course of three days, from Monday, Dec. 30, to Wednesday, Jan. 1. Scotiabank-Canadian Tire all-star games are slated for tomorrow in all divisions, with the Scotiabank-Canadian Tire skills competitions taking place tomorrow as well as Sunday, Dec. 30.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins - 7 p.m.

Tonight, more than 3,500 Bell Capital Cup participants will take in the Ottawa Senators game at Canadian Tire Centre as the Senators host the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. Watching a live National Hockey League game is always a highlight of the tournament as participants and their families get to experience the highest level of hockey in the world firsthand - a level of hockey that a handful of Bell Capital Cup graduates have gone on to play such as Erik Gudbranson (Florida Panthers), Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes) and John Tavares (N.Y. Islanders).

Games of note for Saturday, Dec. 28

Major Peewee A - OC Hockey Club (California) vs. Pickering Panthers at 9:35 a.m., Jim Durrell Recreation Complex

Major Peewee AA - Karhu-Kissat Cats (Finland) vs. Mississauga Braves at 11:15 a.m., Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Peewee House A - Iqaluit Blizzards vs. SouthEnd Capitals at 12:10 p.m., Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex

Minor Peewee AAA - Jokerit Blue (Finland) vs. Upper Ottawa Valley Aces at 4:15 p.m., Kanata Recreation Complex

Girl's Atom AA - Stoney Creek Sabres vs. Cornwall Typhoons at 4:35 p.m., Bell Sensplex (Canadian Tire pad)

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

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