Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Ottawa International Hockey Festival announces Canada 150 Rink ‘Hockey on the Hill’ contest
National contest opens with 32 teams having the chance to play on the Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill
Teams will win transportation to Ottawa, accommodations and entry into the Bell Capital Cup
OTTAWA – The Ottawa International Hockey Festival, known as the Bell Capital Cup, today announced the Canada 150 Rink “Hockey on the Hill” contest. Thirty-two boys and girls teams representing all provinces and territories across Canada will win a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Bell Capital Cup and play at least one game on the Canada 150 Rink, located on Parliament Hill.
The contest, presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the OIHF, and in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, allows peewee boys house league and peewee girls’ house league teams composed of 11- and 12-year-olds to submit an entry with the opportunity to win the contest to represent their province, territory or region in the Festival’s Canada 150 division.
Peewee house league teams registered in a girls’ ice hockey division or a boys’ ice hockey division sanctioned by Hockey Canada are eligible for entry in the Hockey on the Hill Contest. If a team plays in a league utilizing a tiered system, then tier II level peewee house league teams from that league will be eligible for entry. Participating players must be born after Dec. 31, 2004 and must reside in Canada.
Teams (or a team representative) can enter online via www.canada150rink.com by submitting a 250-word submission and/or a 60-second video explaining why they are deserving of the chance to represent their province in the Festival’s Canada 150 division. The Canada 150 Rink “Hockey on the Hill” Contest is now open and will close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 18, 2017.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and judged based on the following criteria: creativity, energy level and Canadian spirit. Winning teams will be contacted by an OIHF representative by Nov. 22, 2017.
Thirty-two teams (16 boys, 16 girls) will be chosen to represent their province or region. Of those, teams from outside the province or region will receive a travel bursary to offset the cost of travel to Ottawa for each player and coach, a set of commemorative Canada 150/OIHF jerseys for their team in which to compete (featuring their provincial flag on the jersey), accommodations, complimentary entry into the Bell Capital Cup and local bus service for their time in Ottawa (five days/four nights), if required. Winning teams representing Southern Ontario, Northern Ontario and Quebec will receive charter bus service from their respective communities.
Teams representing British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Southern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Quebec, Ottawa, Gatineau, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut will compete in the Canada 150 Division, guaranteeing them three tournament games and at least one game on the Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill.
About the Ottawa International Hockey Festival
The Ottawa International Hockey Festival (OIHF), known as the Bell Capital Cup, is a not-for-profit corporation established to showcase and promote tourism within the capital region and also to promote sportsmanship, fair play and team work along with helping to develop local minor hockey teams and players by providing a world class, local hockey tournament and festival.
Each year since 2000, the Festival has welcomed minor hockey teams to the nation’s capital from across Canada and around the world to compete in the world’s premier atom (9- and 10-year-olds) and peewee (11- and 12-year-olds) minor hockey festival during the holiday season.
Since its inception, the OIHF has donated more than $2 million to minor hockey associations and charitable organizations in the capital region, helping to make hockey more accessible for families in Ottawa-Gatineau.
Starting with 94 local teams in 2000, the OIHF established a new world record for the largest international hockey tournament in 2007 with 510 teams (8,145 players). The 2016 Festival had more than 400 teams representing 4,000-plus participants and more than 15,000 spectators and visitors.
The annual economic impact of the OIHF is estimated to be in excess of $11 million, drawing thousands of visitors to the National Capital Region.