Three CJFL teams will hold a camp this weekend in an effort to see their new crop of players.
In the BC Conference the Okanagan Sun are expecting to see 90-100 players at their Spring Camp in Kelowna under sunny skies.
Head Coach Ben Macauley enters his second season at the helm and has a strong contingent of returning players. These returners are hungry after the Sun lost in the Conference final a year ago. “Spring camp is a chance for players to try us out as much as it is for us to try them out,” says Macauley. “We want guys to be able to use spring camp to visualize themselves being in Kelowna for the next few years. We also allow time for guys to get around and check out the lake and some of the city.”
According to Macauley this Spring Camp isn’t just for new and hopeful players, but veterans as well. “We want to see the progress our veterans have made in the off-season. Especially those guys who are out of town.”
As usual the Sun will have a number of special guest coaches to assist the coaching staff including freshly retired Nate Coehoom of the Edmonton Eskimos, James Green and Justin Belway.
Over in the Ontario Conference both the Niagara Regional Raiders and GTA Grizzlies are hosting their ID Camps to try and pinpoint possible invitees for their main camps.
The Canadian Junior Football League is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule that kicks off in the BC Conference (BCFC) on Saturday July 29, 2017.
Following the BCFC kick off, both the Prairie Conference (PFC) and the Ontario Conference (OFC) will open the season on August 12th with a pair of interconferene games. The Winnipeg Rifles visit the Ottawa Sooners and the Windsor AKO Fratmen host the Edmonton Huskies
This season marks the return of the OFC who now comply with the rest of the CJFL and capping the age limit to 22.
This season also highlights six CJFL Interconference games including 10 teams from the PFC and OFC. The first two are set for August 12, then a pair on August 26th, before concluding on the weekend of September 23-24th.
The CJFL playoffs will open the weekend of October 14-15, followed by the conference championships October 21-22. With the return of the OFC, the CJFL will host a National Semi-Final game this season which will see the winner of the PFC host the winner of the BCFC on October 28. Two weeks after that game the winner will travel to Ontario and face the winner of the OFC title in the 2017 Canadian Bowl on November 11th.
Each of the Conference schedules are below:
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.