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The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce that the Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event.

This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, March 17, as part of the celebrations in the nation’s capital surrounding the anniversary of hockey’s most treasured trophy: the Stanley Cup.

The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable multimedia experience for all ages.

Tickets for the Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will go on sale this Thursday at noon. Prices range from $39.50 to $69.50. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca.

Multi-platinum recording artist Bryan Adams, acclaimed Alt-rock chart toppers Arkells and Canadian country rock group Cold Creek County will provide the musical entertainment for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic, the much-anticipated Original Six™ rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Exhibition Stadium, 170 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, the National Hockey League announced today. The outdoor game will broadcast live nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and on NBC in the U.S. at 3 p.m. ET.

A Grammy and JUNO Award winner, Adams will perform during the first intermission of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs game. Adams’ career includes an extensive catalogue of rock standards, from “Run to You” to “Summer of 69” to “Cuts Like a Knife” as well as new material from his 13th studio album, GET UP. A portion of his performance will be broadcast. In addition, Adams will be the featured performer at the NHL and MLSE’s private New Year’s Eve Centennial Celebration presented by Molson Canadian.

Prior to fans filing into Exhibition Stadium on New Year’s Day, Arkells will perform their hits and new music from their latest album, MORNING REPORT. The PreGame Concert presented by SiriusXM featuring Arkells will be held in Parking Lot 2 at 1 p.m. ET. A game ticket will be required to access The PreGame, the fan festival featuring the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, interactive hockey-themed attractions, live music, prizes and giveaways, food and beverages, and more. A portion of the band’s performance will be featured in the game broadcast.

During the second intermission, Cold Creek County will perform a special rendition of the Stompin’ Tom Connors classic, “The Hockey Song.”

Sportsnet continues to bring fans more up close and personal moments with hockey’s brightest stars, announcing today the first installment of its 4K broadcast schedule for the 2016-17 NHL season. Kicking off Wednesday, Oct. 12 – the NHL’s opening night – Sportsnet will produce and broadcast eight NHL games in brilliant 4K resolution between October and December, with more games for the 2016-17 season to be announced at a later date.

The Battle of Ontario headlines Sportsnet’s first 4K NHL broadcast of the 2016-17 season, as Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Erik Karlsson and the Senators in Ottawa on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 4K.

All season, Sportsnet’s 4K NHL broadcasts will be available to hockey fans via Sportsnet 4K – North America’s first 24/7 dedicated sports feed featuring 4K content.

Five of the eight 4K NHL games between October and December will be available for fans from coast to coast, with the additional three Toronto Maple Leafs games available to viewers in the Maple Leafs’ regional viewing area. For channel allocation details and additional information, please visit www.Rogers.com.

Rogers offers the Sportsnet 4K feeds to all cable, satellite, and IPTV providers across Canada. Coming in October, fans who can’t make it home in time for puck drop won’t have to miss a second of NHL 4K action, as Rogers launches the all-new NextBoxTM 4K PVR set top box. Visit rogers.com/consumer/tv/4k to find out more.

Sportsnet was first to bring the 4K sports experience to Canadian fans last winter, which included producing and broadcasting the world’s first 4K NHL game. Since then, Sportsnet has continued to be a leader in 4K broadcasting, producing and airing all 81 Blue Jays regular season home games in 4K, as well as regular season NBA games. Launched in April 2016, Sportsnet 4K and Sportsnet ONE 4K are North America’s first 24/7 dedicated sports feeds to feature 4K content.

Sportsnet 4K NHL Broadcast Schedule
National games on Sportsnet 4K also available on Sportsnet’s HD feed; regional Maple Leafs game on Sportsnet 4K also available on Sportsnet Ontario’s HD feed
• Wednesday, October 12, Toronto vs. Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet 4K)
• Wednesday, November 2, Vancouver @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet 4K)
• Tuesday, November 15, Nashville @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet 4K)
• Wednesday, December 7, Minnesota @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet 4K)
• Sunday, December 11, Colorado @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet 4K)
• Wednesday, December 14, San Jose @ Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (National – Sportsnet 4K)
• Thursday, December 15, Arizona @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet 4K)
• Monday, December 19, Anaheim @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET (Regional – Sportsnet 4K)

The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village in downtown Toronto’s historic Distillery District will salute members of Canada’s 2016 Olympic team followed by a live performance from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning rock band Green Day on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the World Cup of Hockey Celebration of Champions featuring Green Day will be available for purchase via here, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL, beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 8. The show will mark Green Day’s first live date in Canada of 2016.

The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will include Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA. All tournament games (round-robin, semi-final and final) will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016.

Tickets to the Sept. 23 event will be $25 CAD for general admission standing room. Pricing includes HST. Additional fees may apply. East Fan Village will open at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 with a paid ticket required for entry and valid only for the day. All attractions inside East Fan Village will be included in the price of admission. Distillery Fan Village will be free and open to the public.

The Sept. 23 celebration will begin with a special welcome to members of Canada’s 2016 Olympic team and culminate with a 6:30 p.m. performance by Green Day in the East Fan Village as part of the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village, a 10-day fan festival at the historic Distillery District. From Sept.16 to Sept. 25, the family-friendly festival will occupy the Distillery District – renamed ‘Distillery Fan Village’ for the 10 days – plus more than 200,000 square feet of an untouched lot east of Cherry Street, which will be known as the ‘East Fan Village.’ The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village will celebrate not only the sport of hockey but the food, music and culture of all participating hockey nations and will feature a diverse mix of programming, designed for fans of all ages, including live musical performances, big-ticket prizes and giveaways, and viewing parties for every World Cup of Hockey game broadcast live on giant video screens. Distillery Fan Village will be free and open to the public Sept. 17-25. East Fan Village will be free and open to the public Sept. 17-22 and Sept. 24-25. On Sept. 16, a paid ticket will be required for entry into East Fan Village for a premium concert.

Green Day has won five Grammy® Awards: Best Rock Album twice for their albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording,and Best Alternative Music Performance for Dookie. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. Last week, Green Day released a new single, “Bang, Bang,” from their upcoming album, Revolution Radio due out Oct. 7. The song has already become a #1 rock radio hit in Canada, where the band has sold over two million albums in their career. The band’s Fan Village performance will be the first date on their new fall tour.

“My life is a country song.” When Theo Fleury says that, it’s hard to argue. From his small-town upbringing to the heights of hockey glory, from the depths of sexual abuse and alcoholism to his current health and happiness, the Canadian icon’s 47 years come packed with enough triumph and tragedy to inspire not just a single song but an entire album.

And now, Theo is launching his country music career with his debut album, I Am Who I Am (out October 23) and lead single My Life’s Been A Country Song.

I Am Who I Am, out October 23 on Entertainment One, finds the NHL superstar, Olympic gold medal winner, best-selling author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur tackling a new game: Country singer-songwriter. And it’s a more natural fit than you might expect.

“I know that when people hear that Theo Fleury made a country album, they’ll go, ‘Well … OK,’ ” he laughs. “And I wouldn’t say I’m the greatest singer in the world, but I’m a real singer. But I have a decent voice. I grew up around music. I’m a Metis person and music is really part of our DNA. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were listening to my grandfather play the fiddle. My dad sang and played guitar, my uncle sang and played the guitar. Music was always a huge part of any gathering we had as a family. And it was all country stuff, you know — Charley Pride, Buck Owens, Hank Snow, all those old guys. So that became my favourite genre of music. And making music was always in the back of my mind.”

But it wasn’t until 2009 — the same year he published his unflinching memoir Playing With Fire — that Fleury moved music to the forefront. Wanting to cross an item off his bucket list, he teamed with Winnipeg musician Phil Deschambault to write a song about his life. Once they heard the results, they decided to keep going. Over the next few years, the duo — who discovered their fathers had made music together in Russell, Man., before either of them were born — penned more than a dozen songs, each stronger and more personal than the last. Fleury also began collaborating with fellow Calgarian Paddy McCallion, a longtime drinking buddy who turned out to be a talented musician and composer. He assembled Fleury’s backing band The Death Valley Rebels for his future live shows, and produced the autobiographical I Am Who I Am, which merges the hockey star’s Cash-deep vocals with the classic country twang he grew up hearing in his father’s car.

“We wanted this to be a real grassroots album — ‘Let’s get back to fiddles and steel guitars and accordions and honky-tonk pianos, but put our own stamp on it,’ ” he says. “We’re a bunch of guys who love that old-school country sound.”

It’s about more than just entertainment or nostalgia, however. For Fleury, it’s also about helping others by sharing his story.

“The album is definitely dark,” he admits. “The songs are all about my life, my experience, my struggle. But they’re also about coming through that struggle. At the end of every song, there’s hope. That’s what the lyrics and music reflect: Hope and healing. If people listen to this and there’s a line or a word or a phrase that helps them get out of the situation they’re in or how they’re feeling, that’s really why we’re doing this. The message is that no matter how far we may fall, we can make it back.”

And turn it into a great country song.

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced a North American partnership with GoPro. This deal allows you to step on the ice with a few of the NHL’s best as they give you a rare glimpse into their unique skill sets during the Player Media Tour in Newark, NJ.

See the game from the perspectives of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban and Jonathan Toews.

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Tickets for JUNO Cup 2015 are now on sale! Titans of hockey go head to head with Canadian rockers for a showdown of epic proportions all in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.

The game will be held at Hamilton’s Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Friday March 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $20 (plus service charge) and all proceeds go towards MusiCounts. JUNO Cup (presented by Pizza Pizza) has raised over $800,000 over the past 11 years!

This is your chance to see the likes of Ric Nattress, Mark Napier, Brad Dalgarno and more take on Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Billy Talent’s Jon Gallant, Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman, and Whitehorse’s Luke Doucet!

More Rockers and NHL Greats to be announced on February 18, so stay tuned!

For more information go to junocup.ca and to get your tickets head over to ticketmaster.ca!

 

Even back in 1963 — 52 years ago — the President of the United States loved sports, and like many of us, we like to scream and pout when our favourite teams lose.

Here’s some incredible audio of President JFK express his displeasure about Team USA Hockey losing 17-2 to Sweden in the World Hockey Championships.