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(Press release from the Bell Capital Cup.)
The 16th annual Bell Capital Cup, the world’s premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, came to a successful conclusion earlier today when the final three championship games were played at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 2015 edition of the Bell Capital Cup saw nearly 600 games (almost 1,000 hours of hockey) played on 25 ice surfaces across Ottawa, from Stittsville to Orleans and points in between. Teams across 18 divisions, which included two girls groups, were vying for the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy, which was bestowed upon each division champion. Local teams faced squads from across Canada, Europe, Asia 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 2015 Bell Capital Cup:
Major Peewee AAA – Eastern Ontario Wild
Major Peewee AA – Ottawa Valley Silver Seven
Major Peewee A – Charleston Jr. Stingrays
Minor Peewee AAA – Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Minor Peewee AA – Ottawa Valley Silver Seven
Minor Peewee A – Ottawa Sting
Major Atom AAA – Rochester Grizzlies
Major Atom AA – Ottawa Valley Silver Seven
Major Atom A – Stittsville Rams
Minor Atom AAA – Whitby Wildcats
Minor Atom AA – Gloucester Rangers (Green)
Minor Atom A – Nepean Raiders (Black)
Girls Peewee AA – Brampton Canadettes
Girls Atom AA – Stoney Creek Sabres
Peewee House A – Stittsville Swarm A2
Atom House A – West End Thunderbirds
Atom House B – Canterbury Black Knights
Atom House C – South Stormont Selects
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
The Bill Patterson trophy is awarded to the two teams (one house league and one competitive) that best demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship during round-robin play. A sportscaster for CJOH-TV, 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.
The 2015 recipients of the Bill Patterson Trophy were:
Orange County Hockey Club – Major Peewee AA
Brockville Braves B2 – Atom House A
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 2015 recipients were the Orange County Hockey Club (Major Peewee AA) and the Brockville Braves B2 (Atom House A). 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 during July and August.
Other event facts and figures
Number of participating teams – 260
Number of tournament games played – 520 (including Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-Star Games)
Friendly (exhibition) games played – 52
Number of Scotiabank-Canadian Tire All-Star Games – 4
Number of Scotiabank-Canadian Tire Skills Competitions – 19 (more than 3,800 players participated in this year’s skills competitions)
Sixteen (16) year total of money raised for charity and minor hockey – more than $2.6 million
For more information about the Bell Capital Cup, including final statistics and results, please visit www.bellcapitalcup.ca.