Media Release

New players complete team roster for the 15th annual JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports

Feb 22, 2018

Debuting this year; Bobby Martin and James Barker of the James Barker Band, Nancy Mike (The Jerry Cans) and Sam Polley join the music team. BJ MacDonald, Danielle Dube, Gary Nylund, Kyle Wellwood and Paul Reinhart bring their
hockey skills to the rink

TORONTO – The latest players confirmed to participate in JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports have been announced; taking home ice advantage are former notable Vancouver Canuck legends BJ MacDonald, Kyle Wellwood and Paul Reinhart. Challenging the 13-time winning NHL team for the “cup” are the rock-greats including Aaron Pritchett, Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), and Shawn Hook. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, March 23 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, BC.

Taking place during JUNO Week, this annual celebrity hockey game has raised over $840,000 for MusiCounts. The charity associated with CARAS puts instruments in the hands of kids who need them most and supports music education initiatives across Canada.

Joining the NHL legends are:

BJ MacDonald (Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks), Danielle Dube (Canadian National Women’s Hockey team), Gary Nylund (Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders), Kyle Wellwood (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets), and Paul Reinhart (Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks).

Players previously announced include: Brad Dalgarno, Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Kirk McLean and Troy Crowder.

Confirmed to join the musicians are:

Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Barney Bentall, Bobby Martin (James Barker Band), Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Dean Back (Theory), Doug Elliott (Odds), Dustin Bentall, James Barker (James Barker Band), Jay Bodner (Indian City), JJ Shiplett, Kendel Carson, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Michael Hollett, Nancy Mike (The Jerry Cans), Sam Polley,Shawn Hook, and Victor Micallef (The Tenors).

Players previously announced include: Chad Brownlee, Craig Northey (Odds), Dallas Smith,  Devin Cuddy, Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers, CBC Music) and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo).

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, Sportsnet 650, 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, on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena, broadcast live nationwide 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on

Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner:

CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

Premier Partners of the 2018 JUNO Awards: The Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver, Apple Music and TD Bank Group.


Web Links:

Official JUNO Awards

JUNO Awards

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


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

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit

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.

About CBC Sports:

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s Olympic Network and is committed to showcasing high-performance athletes and sports across all platforms, including Canadian athletes and their international competitors. CBC Sports prides itself on ensuring Canadians always know the athletes who represent them before they see them atop the podium.

For interview requests, image requests or additional information, please contact:

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

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