Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa
By the time the Canterbury Crusaders were crowned winners of the Atom House ‘A’ finals yesterday, they had long since become part of a world record.
After five hectic hockey-filled days, the ninth annual Bell Capital Cup wrapped up yesterday having achieved the distinction of becoming the world’s largest atom and peewee hockey tournament.
Even with fewer teams from the United States this year, the tournament still hosted 489 teams and more than 8,500 players — including 14 teams from outside North America — to make it a world beater.
“The diversity of the teams is a big selling point for us,” said Jordan Silmser, tournament assistant general manager.
The tournament brought about 25,000 visitors to Ottawa and injected around $10 million into the local economy.
Matt Bowman plays for the Atom House ‘B’ champion Brockville Junior Braves and said the presence of teams from Russia and China added to the excitement of participating. Matt’s mother, Lisa Hutchison, was impressed that such a large tournament could go off without noticeable glitches.
“Given the numbers, it’s very well organized it seems. The schedule is right on time. I can see the draw for out of town people coming into the city. It’s a nice time to be in the city.”
The tournament got a publicity boost this weekend when Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended to watch his son play.
Sportsnet also broadcast one of the games on Monday.