Media Release

Hockey and music face off in support of MusiCounts for the 15th annual JUNO Cup

Jan 29, 2018

Featuring former Hockey legends Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme, Kirk McLean, Cliff Ronning, Brad Dalgarno and Troy Crowder, and musicians Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Devin Cuddy,  Craig Northey (Odds) and Grant Lawrence; tickets on sale February 2


TORONTO – Canadian music icons will be going head to head with NHL legends at the 2018 JUNO Cup at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, March 23 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby, BC, in support of MusiCounts.

Held annually during JUNO Week, this celebrity hockey game has raised $840,000 for MusiCounts over the last 14 years. MusiCounts,  Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada and puts instruments in the hands of kids who need them through several programs and music education initiatives.

The JUNO Cup is great for all the right reasons – it combines music, hockey, and a great charity in MusiCounts who give much needed instruments to schools across Canada,” said Jim Cuddy.  “The camaraderie between the musicians and the NHL Greats is evident both on and off the ice.  And the fans in the stands cheering us on makes everyone feel energized and excited to play.  I am looking forward to this year’s game and celebrating the JUNOs in beautiful Vancouver with all of these great players.”

Former NHL legends confirmed to participate include:

Cliff Ronning (Vancouver Canucks), Dave Babych (Vancouver Canucks), Jyrki Lumme (Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs), Kirk McLean (Vancouver Canucks), Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders) and Troy Crowder (New Jersey Devils, LA Kings, Vancouver Canucks). More players will be announced in the coming weeks.

Musical greats confirmed to hit the ice include:

Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Craig Northey (Odds), Devin Cuddy and Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers, CBC Music) – with many more to be announced

Individual tickets to JUNO Cup are priced at $20 (plus fees). Tickets are available online through $15 tickets (plus fees) are available when purchasing 10 or more, with all proceeds benefiting MusiCounts

Promotional Partners: 93.7 JRfm, 102.7 THE PEAK, Burnaby Now, CBC Music, CBC Vancouver, CFOX, JACK 96.9, LG104.3, Metro News, Rock 101, Sportsnet650, Tourism Burnaby, TSN 1040, Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun

For more information on the 2018 JUNO Awards, please visit

The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards at Rogers Arena, broadcast live on CBC and live streamed on  on Sunday, March 25.

Premier Partners of the 2018 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, the Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver and TD Bank Group.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website:

JUNO Awards
Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Hashtag: #JUNOS

Twitter: @MusiCounts / Instagram: @MusiCounts / Hashtag: #MusiCounts


About MusiCounts

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards, is keeping music alive across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children and youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives.


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Zai Karim, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416.656.0707 ext. 127

Christine Zoulianitis, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416.656.0707 ext. 126