The puck is about to drop on one of the world’s largest minor hockey tournaments.

Players hit the ice today for exhibition games in the Bell Capital Cup. Tournament games start on Friday.

Almost 400 teams and 65-hundred players are in the capital for the event. Some have come from as far as Hong Kong, Germany, and Finland. Many of those players will be billeted with local families.

A large contingent of players is visiting from the U.S.

“It’s a big tournament and it is a good tournament for these kids to be in.” says Mom, Marissa Berger, from Long Island New York.

Her son’s team, the Long Island Royals, isn’t used to playing contact hockey. It is something that some parents are a little worried about.

 “They are only 11 so there is some concern but they’ll get used to it.” says Berger.

Mom, Joanne Coltellino, from Long Island says “This is the first game that they have been doing this and it does look a little ugly right now but we’ll see.”

The tournament runs from December 28th to January 1st at 30 different arenas around the city.