(Via Bell Capital Cup)
OTTAWA – The 18th annual Bell Capital Cup, often recognized as the world’s premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, came to a successful conclusion earlier tonight when the final championship game was played at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 18th annual Bell Capital Cup saw over 600 games (almost 1,000 hours of hockey) played on 23 ice surfaces across Ottawa, from Stittsville to Orleans and points in between. Teams across 18 divisions – including two girls groups, but excluding the Special Hockey Division that was a friendly round-robin competition focusing on sportsmanship, fair play and fun – were vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy, which was bestowed upon each division champion. Local teams faced squads from across Canada, Europe and the United States.
The Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy symbolizes the teamwork, dedication and effort required for success. The four-foot trophy is named in honour of Allen J. MacDonald, a friend, colleague and passionate member of the minor hockey community, who was a great contributor to the Bell Capital Cup. Each winning team took home a replica trophy and a championship banner for display in its home arena, while each player received a gold miniature championship trophy.
Champions from the 18 divisions contested during the 18th annual Bell Capital Cup:
Major Peewee AAA – Boston Advantage
Major Peewee AA – Gloucester Rangers
Major Peewee A – Ottawa Sting
Minor Peewee AAA – Gloucester Rangers
Minor Peewee AA – Ottawa Valley Silver Seven
Minor Peewee A – Leitrim Hawks
Major Atom AAA – New Jersey Jr. Titans
Major Atom AA – Voisins de Papineau
Major Atom A – Mississippi Thunder Kings
Minor Atom AAA – St. Clair Shores Stars
Minor Atom AA – Rideau St. Lawrence Kings
Minor Atom A – Stittsville Rams
Peewee House A – Orleans Rush
Atom House A – Richmond Royals
Atom House B – Akwesasne Wolves
Atom House C – Les Aigles de St. Isidore
Girls Peewee AA – Barrie Sharks
Girls Atom AA – Whitby Wolves
All championship games were played at Canadian Tire Centre, the home of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators, where tournament participants were treated to the full NHL experience from the moment they stepped on the ice.
Bill Patterson Trophy
Earlier today, the Patterson family awarded the Bill Patterson Trophy to the Ottawa Sting (Minor Atom A) and Leitrim Hawks (Atom House C) for best demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship during round-robin play. A sportscaster for CJOH-TV (CTV Ottawa), Patterson died suddenly on Sept. 22, 1999, of a heart attack. An active family man who is survived by his wife, Pat, and daughters Sherri, Meghan and Sarah, Patterson loved watching and reporting on young athletes and was Ottawa’s No. 1 booster of amateur sports.
Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps scholarships
Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps scholarships are presented to one player from each team that is awarded the Bill Patterson Trophy. The 18th annual Bell Canada Cup recipients were the Ottawa Sting (Minor Atom A) and Leitrim Hawks (Atom House C). Winning coaches will select a player from their team who best demonstrated hard work, fair play and good sportsmanship. The scholarship recipients will spend a week receiving the very best in on-ice instruction from the professional staff at the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps, held annually at the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex during July and August.
Other event facts and figures
Number of participating teams – 263 (including ten special hockey teams)
Number of tournament games played – 618 (including Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-Star Games)
Special hockey games played – 15
Friendly (exhibition) games played – 24
Number of Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-Star Games – 4
Number of Scotiabank-Canadian Tire Skills Competitions – 14 (more than 2,500 players participated in this year’s skills competitions)
Facilities used – 10
Rinks utilized – 23
Eighteen (18) year total of money raised for charity and minor hockey – more than $2.65 million
For more information about the Bell Capital Cup, including final statistics and results, please visit www.bellcapitalcup.ca.