An annual tradition, the Bell Capital Cup offers participating teams the opportunity to compete in Esso Friendly Games prior to the start of tournament play. These exhibition games are designed to provide teams with the opportunity to prepare for the Bell Capital Cup in a fun and friendly atmosphere while competing against teams from throughout the world.

2012 Esso Friendly Games will take place on Tuesday December 27, 2011. Teams will face-off in a friendly format at the Bell Sensplex, located in Kanata, near Scotiabank Place, home of the Ottawa Senators beginning as early as 9am.

Team managers can register for the Esso Friendly Games by completing the friendly games section of their online registration. (Managers access via username and password supplied). The schedule of friendly games will be released in mid December. We will not play a friendly game against a team that you will play again in regular tournament play.

Esso Friendly Game Format

Each team will be play against a team from their division, who they would not normally get a chance to compete against. Each non-contact game will consist of 2 - 22 minute running time period with 3 minutes for warm up.

To register, managers must complete their online registration form in its entirety including what time your team will be available to play their first game. The organizing committee will make all efforts to accommodate each team and ensure the Esso Friendly Games and Bell Capital Cup are an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, due to ice availability, not all requests may be accommodated. Priority will be provided to teams traveling from great distances. Teams will be informed of their participation by email on or before December 1, 2011.

A to be determined fee will be assigned to the Esso Friendly Games to help cover the cost of ice and officials. Once the Esso Friendly Games schedule is released you will be contacted to provide a credit card number for payment.

Please note - If your team is interested in practice ice please contact Rod Kyd from the Bell Sensplex at


Our 2nd annual Fanfest event will be back at the Bell Sensplex on December 27, 2011 to accompany the great hockey action of the Esso Friendly Games. Fanfest is a massive event for all players and their families to help get the tournament started off with a bang! We will have inflatable games, hardest shot and rapid fire competitions, a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, NHL alumni and much more set up at the Bell Sensplex all day on December 27th!

More details will be emailed out to all teams in November 2011.