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11th Annual Bell Capital Cup Donates $251,000 to Local Charities, Minor Hockey

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

The organizing committee for the Bell Capital Cup announced today that the 11th annual festival, which was held from Dec. 30, 2009 to Jan. 3, has raised more than $251,000 for minor hockey and local charities.

From this past year's tournament, the Bell Capital Cup is pleased to support Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO), St. Patrick's Home Bed Fund, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation, the Faucher Douglas Trust through the Ottawa Senators Alumni, the Max Keeping Foundation, the Goodwill Ambassadors, La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie, the Algonquin College Foundation, the Lori Hyland-MacDonald Scholarship Fund at the University of Ottawa, the Regional Cancer Foundation, the Ottawa Foodbank, the Sens Foundation in support of the Project s.t.e.p. program, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs, the Constable Eric Czapnik Trust along with the ODMHA, Hockey Outaouais and local minor hockey organizations.

Presenting the cheques to the recipient organizations earlier today were members of the board of directors of the Bell Capital Cup and its key sponsors; City of Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien, Bell Canada's Sandy Clement, and tournament chair Cyril Leeder. The Bell Capital Cup's 11-year total donations toward minor hockey and local charities have now exceeded $2 million.

The 2010 Bell Capital Cup played host to 500 teams and more than 8,500 atom and peewee- level players, with in excess of 1,000 games taking place on 32 local ice surfaces across the national capital region. The 19 division finals were held at Scotiabank Place. Participating teams came from across Canada and the United States as well as China, Finland, Germany and Switzerland.

The 12th edition of the Bell Capital Cup will be held in Ottawa and Gatineau from Dec. 30, 2010, to Jan. 3, 2011. More than 500 atom and peewee teams are expected from throughout Canada, the United States, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The Bell Capital Cup is a non-profit incorporation with a mandate to support local charities and minor hockey throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Established in 2000 with 94 teams, the Bell Capital Cup has grown to become the world's premier minor hockey tournament for atom and peewee players.

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