Minor hockey tournament a winner for the city
Ottawa's Bell Capital Cup minor hockey tournament has been growing at a blistering pace, and organizers hope that next winter's edition will spill over into Gatineau. In just six years, it has become the largest of its kind in the world.
On Wednesday, at City Hall, tournament organizers and Mayor Bob Chiarelli announced the economic impact on the city.
This winter, it attracted more than 400 teams and generated more than $11 million worth of business in the local economy.
The chairman of the tournament, Cyril Leeder, says they'd like to add more teams from the U.S. and Europe.
"We'd like to continue to grow the tournament. Where could it go from here? We're hopeful that we can add some additional divisions next year. We're trying to get some discussions going on that with Hockey Outaouais, because we don't have the arenas to do it here in Ottawa. We'd have to do it in Gatineau," Leeder says.
In its six years, the tournament also has generated more than $850,000 to support minor hockey and local charities.