Francey to play goalie at the 2008 JUNO Cup

David will be suiting up for the JUNO cup on April 5th in Calgary. This wonderful event helps raise money for Musican. Please read the official press release below for more details.

For Immediate Release

Reuniting members of the ’89 Calgary Flames Line-Up for the
5th Annual Juno Cup

Tickets to annual celebrity fundraiser in support of MusiCan go on sale
Saturday, February 23 at 10 AM (MST)

Toronto, ON (February 20, 2008) – It’s hockey night in Calgary as the game’s legends and celebrity musicians face off at centre ice for the 5th Annual Juno Cup game. As part of Juno Awards Weekend Events, the Juno Cup Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar is a fan favourite that pairs an all-star line-up of NHL Greats against celebrity Rockers for a fundraiser to benefit MusiCan, the charitable arm of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Juno Cup will take place at The Stampede Corral, Stampede Park, on Friday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in Calgary, AB.

Tickets to the annual hockey tradition go on sale this weekend starting Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. (MST). Juno Cup fans can purchase tickets for $15 each (plus service charges) at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 403-777-0000.

TSN’s Off the Record host, Michael Landsberg, will be announcing live
play-by-play commentary during the game’s exciting two periods and the skills competition.

“Each year, more and more NHL alumni, musicians and celebrities are enthusiastically lending their time in support of MusiCan,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “It’s always exciting to see local fans react to seeing their hockey heroes and favourite musicians play together – an unlikely match-up that’s always an entertaining event.”

Having led the Calgary Flames to their only Stanley Cup victory in 1989, hockey legend Lanny McDonald reunites with his championship team mates Colin Patterson, Doug Gilmour and Jamie Macoun. Juno Cup veterans such as Bob Probert, Brad Dalgarno, Mark Napier, Mike Pelyk, Paul Coffey and Russ Courtnall, who led last year’s team to victory against The Rockers in Saskatoon, SK, will compete for the Juno Cup once again to defend their title and designate as The Greats.

Up to the challenge of facing some of Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame legends are the determined Rockers. Returning as Team Captain, multiple JUNO Award winner Jim Cuddy will once again lead an eclectic and valiant line-up of celebrities and musicians.

“Each year the musicians are taught a lesson in humility by the NHL alumni – and yet each year, we still think we have a chance,” said Jim Cuddy. “Such is the great game of hockey and in the end we are bruised and beaten but still smiling. It’s a great time.”

The Rockers are gathering an enormous roster in hopes of finally defeating the NHL Greats. Musicians and celebrities alike, many of whom also played last year, are lining up for the challenge. The Rockers team currently includes:

Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)*
Barney Bentall
David Francey*
Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk)
Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk)
Gord Bamford*
Alex Norman (illScarlett)*
John Doherty (illScarlett)*
Kevin Parent
Luke Doucet
Richard Underhill*
Mike Belitsky (The Sadies)*
Sean Dean (The Sadies)*
Shane Yellowbird*
Andrew Scott (Sloan)
Chris Murphy (Sloan)
Cam Melnyk (State of Shock)*
Jesse Wainwright (State of Shock)*
Tom Cochrane*
Zack Werner (Canadian Idol)

*2008 JUNO Award nominees

The Juno Cup has grown more popular every year since the first game in Edmonton at the 2004 JUNO Awards. More artists and players for this year’s 5th Annual Juno Cup are sure to be added and announced in the upcoming weeks.

The 5th Annual Juno Cup Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar takes place at the Stampede Corral, Stampede Park: 10 Corral Trail S.E., Calgary, AB. For venue information on the Stampede Corral, please call
(403) 261-0101. For more information on the 5th Annual Juno Cup, visit
www.junocup.ca.

Sponsors of the 2008 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD Canada Trust and Rogers.

About MusiCan:
MusiCan, the music education charity of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is helping keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCan’s mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to a comprehensive music program through their school. MusiCan includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCan Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCan is supported by various initiatives such as the platinum-selling Juno Award nominee compilation CD, annual contributions by CTVglobemedia, EMI Music Canada Inc., SONY BMG Music Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd., as well as Songwriters’ Circle sponsored by CMPA and SOCAN, Juno Cup and individual and corporate contributions, including The Keg Spirit Foundation and SIRIUS Canada Inc.

Including this year’s contributions, and since the Program’s establishment in 1997, over $2.3 million will have been donated impacting 164 post secondary music program graduates and 120,732 individual students, their schools and communities, from coast to coast. MusiCan has also honoured three extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCan Teacher of the Year Award.

For more information on MusiCan, please visit www.musican.ca

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 37th Annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca.

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