Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and former Canuck centre Cliff Ronning faced off at GM Place yesterday morning as the Juno Cup lineup was announced.
The sixth annual charity hockey game, to be held at the University of B.C. Thunderbird Arena on March 27, will feature former NHLers against more than 20 musicians of varying hockey skills. The game is a fundraiser for Musicounts, a charity that helps schools across Canada offer music education.
“I think the charity is a great thing,” Cuddy said. “I think music programs in schools are very important and it’s really shocking that they really are imperilled and that schools don’t have the budget to keep going.”
Canadian rock stars listed on the roster include Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan, Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies, Matthew Barber and Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, among others.
“The game, believe it or not, was a way of drawing a lot of musicians to (the event),” Cuddy said. “A lot of people who would not participate in the Junos or would maybe just come for the show (wanted to be in the game).”
They’ll be facing a team of NHL alumni that includes Ronning, Mark Napier, Bob Probert and Brad Dalgarno.
Tickets for the game are $14 and are available at ticketmaster.ca.