A minor hockey tournament that has for years filled hotel rooms and restaurants in the capital over the Christmas break will be a slightly smaller affair this year.
By Jacob Serebrin
Organizers estimate the 2014 edition of the Bell Capital Cup, the annual competition that features atom and peewee level players, will draw around 15,000 visitors to the city starting this weekend.
That’s down from the 2013 edition, which organizers believed would bring in 20,000 people.
“We’re still 310 teams,” said Scott Lawryk, the general manager of the tournament. “It’s still a big event.”
However he said that is down from last year, when the tournament attracted 380 teams.
Mr. Lawryk said organizers are already soliciting feedback from teams and making changes to the tournament in an effort to attract more teams next year.
One of the changes that has already been implemented is that this year there will be no admission fees for spectators at any games, including the finals, with team registrations covering the entire cost.
Mr. Lawryk said he hopes that change will attract more local spectators to the tournament.
The tournament is set to begin on Dec. 28.