The Rockers currently sit on a 1-8 record against the NHLers, said Cuddy.
“We won one year ... and that was a great, glorious win for us,” he said. “I think that the NHLers allow us to stay very close to the end of the game and they are so confident in their superiority — as they should be — that they feel they can score at any ten-second period... they’ll never let it happen again.”
As for the Junos, Cuddy said, he doesn’t expect to be performing — solo, or with the band.
“I highly doubt it. Last year was our (Blue Rodeo’s) Hall of Fame year and you usually don’t perform two years in a row,” he said.
Cuddy added that the band’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction was “one time in our career that we would allow ourselves to look back and be proud.”
“It was a big deal in itself (and) very humbling to be put in with all of those musicians who we admire, and we really enjoyed the whole process,” he said.
For any fledgling musicians who might be attending their first Juno ceremony — especially any new nominees — Cuddy said, “the greatest thing is when people just act like themselves. Then you learn. You learn what follows you with embarrassment and what follows you with glory.”
“The greatest advice,” he said, “is to not heed anybody’s advice.”
Tickets for the Juno Cup game go on sale Friday, Jan. 18. at 11 a.m. CST and cost $15 plus additional service charges. They can be purchased online at mosaicplace.ca, by phone at 306-624-2050, or in person at the Mosaic Place box office.