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Canada’s secret hockey league of musicians

Last Updated Jan 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm EDT

It’s a team you probably wouldn’t expect to see on the ice: a secret league of musicians that features everyone from Barney Bentall to Jim Cuddy.

“There is a bit of a network,” Bentall told CityNews. “I’m out here in Toronto and I brought my skates and fortunately, my good buddy Jim Cuddy has a whole array of equipment. So all l have to bring is my skates and my helmet, and then you can borrow the rest.”

Canadians first heard the singer-songwriter in the early 80’s when he fronted Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. Bentall has since been stringing his guitar across the country for the last 30 years.

Their self-titled 1988 album helped secure the Juno Award for Most Promising Group of the Year.

While he has his legacy in the music world, he is building a reputation on the ice as well. He’s made appearances in different arenas from coast-to-coast, playing one of Canada’s favorite sports with some of the countries most beloved musicians.

“They’re all pretty good. Everyone from Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) in goal to playing with Tom Cochrane. Sam Roberts is a really good hockey player too,” Bentall said.

Bentall just released his highly anticipated album, “The Drifter & The Preacher.” The new album includes a duet with his son Dustin, the first time the two wrote a song together.

“We were nervous. It took us a moment but we eventually broke the ice and I’m really proud of the song.”

Barney also answered some hockey-related questions while taking some shots at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1)Who would win in a game between you and Jim Cuddy?
“He has better hands, if I took him into the corner though I might win.”

2) What hockey player would you like to do a duet with?
“Lanny McDonald, Jim actually did a duet with him at a Juno Cup before!”

3) If you could play on any hockey team what would it be?
“Edmonton Oilers”

4) Which musician is the dirtiest hockey player?
“Devin Cuddy!”

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