The CJFL lost a legend on Thursday with the passing of Gordon Currie.
His name has been attached to the “CJFL Coach of the Year” award for good reason.
From 1965 to 1976, Currie coached the Regina Rams football club of the Prairie Football Conference. He led the Rams to eight Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior League championships, seven Western Canada Junior championships and six national junior titles. Then in 1975, he was named Canadian Amateur Coach of the Year.
His CJFL accomplishments are incredible to say the least. He coached 12 seasons, won 76 games, had seven first place finishes, nine Conference championships and six junior titles.
When comparing Currie’s numbers to some of the other CJFL greats, he is right in the thick of the discussion for best ever junior coach. His 76 wins are sixth all-time, his nine Conference championships are second all-time and his six junior titles are third all-time.
Following his coaching career he went back to teaching and later served as a high school principal, before entering the political scene in Saskatchewan.
He was named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, to the Order of Canada in 1979 and to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1977, he established the Gordon Currie Foundation which awards the Gordon Currie Youth Development Fund.
The CJFL sends its condolences to his family, friends and football colleagues who knew him best. He will be missed.
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He was one of the biggest signings for the Okanagan Sun in 2016 despite knowing he would only dress in orange and brown for one season.
Quinn Horton left SFU and was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. During their rookie camp the Stamps decided to flip the defensive lineman over to the offensive line, telling him he would have a better chance making a pro roster on the O-Line.
Unfortunately for Horton the Stamps released him. The BC Lions also gave him a shot on the offensive line at their camp, but learning a brand new position at the CFL level is extremely difficult. The Lions loss was a huge gain for the Sun.
Horton made an impact on the Sun offensive line immediately even though the position was new to him. “The Sun gave me the opportunity to develop my offensive line skills but still play some defensive line.”
In 2016 Horton displayed his athleticism on both sides of the ball. He was named a BC Conference All-Star Offensive lineman while collecting five tackles and a pair of sacks or the D-Line.
This offseason Horton is working on developing more explosiveness, balance and flexibility. Ultimately the free agent is working towards getting picked up by another CFL team.
In the meantime he’s also working on his bowling stroke. When the 6’4, 300 pounder is not training you may find him on a bowling lane competing against his brother for bragging rights. When not bowling Horton is a bartender at Montana’s BBQ & Bar.
Quinn Horton is CJFL Weekend Warrior.
The 104th Grey Cup will feature seven former CJFL players when the Calgary Stampeders face the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
DB – Dexter Janke – Okanagan Sun
RB – Rob Cote – Westshore (Victoria) Rebels
OL – Spencer Wilson – Okanagan Sun and Calgary Colts
DL – Zack Evans – Regina Thunder
RB – Kienan Lafrance – Winnipeg Rifles
OL – Alex Mateas – Ottawa Sooners
K – Zach Medeiros – London Beefeaters
The Grey Cup will be played in Toronto on Sunday with the kick-off set for 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST