About 5,000 young boys and girls are lacing up their ice skates in Ottawa today, over the weekend and next week for the 15th annual Bell Capital Cup.

The tournament attracts hockey players from Canada and the U.S., as well as Austria, Finland, China, Germany and Japan.

Competitive games begin Saturday.

Ross Parker came to cheer on his nine-year-old grandson for friendly games taking place Friday.

"Not only the fact they get to play hockey but it's the camaraderie they develop, the kids they meet, sportsmanship, that kind of stuff," Parker said.

The Bell Capital Cup has become one of the largest tournaments in the world for young people and there's a waiting list to get in.

Scott Lawryk, who runs the tournament, said parents and dozens of volunteer organizers work year-round to make the event possible.

The Bell Capital Cup runs until Monday and admission is free.