Ottawa International Hockey Festival postpones 22nd annual Bell Capital Cup
October 19, 2020 – OTTAWA – The Ottawa International Hockey Festival board of directors announced today that regrettably the 2020 Bell Capital Cup has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognized as the world’s premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, the annual Bell Capital Cup was scheduled to begin on Monday, December 28, and showcase great minor hockey action across the Ottawa region during the winter holiday season.
Following the review of several possible scenarios, and in recognition of Hockey Canada’s evolving Return to Play plan, it was determined that holding the tournament at its usual time was not feasible this year. As the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators and facility staff is of utmost importance, and given the current climate and regulations in place, holding a large-scale event of this size was not possible, while the challenges for International team participation and associated hotel and travel logistics rendered their participation equally unrealistic. Additionally, and under the guidance of the tournament’s governing body, Hockey Eastern Ontario, hockey tournaments of any size are not currently being sanctioned.
The OIHF is committed to playing a major part in celebrating the return to hockey in its fullest form when it becomes safe to do so. In the interim, the tournament’s board of directors will continue to investigate all options, including holding a tournament later in the winter or postponing the 22nd edition until its usual time next season. Further updates will be announced as the situation evolves, and when public health, government and hockey’s governing bodies deem it safe to return to tournament play.
The support of the tournament’s event partners is appreciated. The board looks forward to working on the resumption of the Bell Capital Cup tournament tradition as soon as possible.