The Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa raised more than $200,000 for charity and minor hockey organizations. ((Kevin Light/CBC Sports))

Ottawa's 10th annual Bell Capital Cup -- considered the premier minor hockey tournament for atom- and peewee-aged players -- raised $228,000 for minor hockey and local charities, organizers recently announced.

Funds raised from the 2009 event, which wrapped up on Jan. 1, 2009, have been donated to more than a dozen charity organizations.

They include Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa, St. Patrick's Home Bed Fund, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation, the Regional Cancer Foundation, the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association and other local minor hockey organizations.

This year's event involved 485 teams and more than 8,000 players. More than 900 games were played by teams hailing from across Canada, the United States and parts of China, Finland and Germany.

Registration is now open for the 2010 Bell Capital Cup, with 500 teams in 19 divisions expected to sign up. The event is set to run from  Dec. 30, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010. Teams from across North America, Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Scotland are expected to participate.

Since its inception, the Bell Capital Cup has raised more than $1,750,000 for minor hockey and local charities.

The non-profit Bell Capital Cup was established to support local charities and minor hockey throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec. It began in 2000 with 94 teams, and has grown to become the world's largest minor hockey tournament as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.