Juno Cup 2018: Jim Cuddy, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith and more face off against NHL greats
Canadian legends of hockey and music come together in the Juno Cup.
For the past 15 years and counting, the Juno Cup has brought together two of Canada's great loves: hockey and music. The Juno Cup began as a casual pick-up game between musicians and hockey players and has evolved into the official kick-off event of the Juno Awards weekend, which is happening this year in Vancouver.
Over the years, the star-studded Juno Cup has raised more than $840,000 for MusiCounts, the Junos' music education charity, and has included everyone from Lanny McDonald to Kathleen Edwards and countless NHLers and musicians in between. The Juno Cup is traditionally a fast-paced, high-scoring, and competitive game. Most of all, it's a fun event for the entire family of hockey and music lovers.
In Vancouver this year, NHL greats such as Kirk McLean (Canucks), Cliff Ronning (Canucks), Dave Babych (Canucks), Gary Nylund (Maple Leafs) and Brad Dalgarno (Islanders) will face off against some of Canada's best-known musicians, including Jim Cuddy and his son Devin, country stars Chad Brownlee and Dallas Smith, Odds frontman Craig Northey, Shawn Hook, Aaron Prichett, Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall, Big Wreck's Chuck Keeping, Ferraro guitarist Cosmo Ferraro, The Strumbellas' Darryl James, Indian City's Jay Bodner, JJ Shiplett, MonkeyJunk's Matt Sobb, Nice Horse, Sam Polley and CBC Music's own Grant Lawrence, with many more players from both the NHL Greats team and the Rockers team to be announced.
The puck drops for the 2018 Juno Cup on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 7:30pm P.T. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, B.C. Individual tickets for Juno Cup Jam are available on Feb. 27.
The 47th annual Juno Awards and Juno Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 to 25, 2018, culminating in the Juno Awards gala on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena. Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the Juno Awards live at cbcmusic.ca/junos.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the cameraderie between the NHLers and the musicians, check this out, and be sure to watch to the end!