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.
Now that the calendar has turned to February, current and former CJFL players have their eyes set on next month and a pair of CFL Regional Combines taking place in Regina and Toronto.
A total of 13 players with CJFL experience have been invited to these camps, all hoping to follow in the footsteps of recent CFL draft picks Dexter Janke (Calgary Stampeders) and Brennan Van Nistelrooy (BC Lions). Both these players were members of the Okanagan Sun.
Four CJFL players will be in Toronto on Friday March 17th showing off their skills for each CFL team and a handful of CIS schools in attendance. The invites are:
RB Shaquille Foster (GTA Grizzlies, pictured) – in 2015 he averaged 6.3 yards a carry on 38 attempts. He rushed 238 yards and scored a touchdown.
LB Farouk Musa (Hamilton Hurricanes) – this past season he helped the Hurricanes to an OFC title with 30 tackles, 10 assists, two sacks, had a knockdown and a fumble recovery
DB Mike Brown (Hamilton Hurricanes) – in 2016 he led the OFC with five interceptions, two of which were returned for a touchdown. He also compiled 10 tackles, three assists, had a knockdown and a block
R Joe Ellenberger (Windsor AKO Fratman) – he made nine receptions for 83 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns
The following week on Thursday March 23, nine players will attend the Regina Regional Combine with the same scouts and schools as in Toronto. The invites are:
LB Layne Hull (Okanagan Sun) - he was the BC Conference Defensive Player of the Year compiling 30 tackles, 10 assisted tackles, three sacks, three knockdowns, had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and and an interception
DL Kent Hicks (Westshore Rebels) – he was the emotional leader for the BC Conference champs and collected 12 tackles, three assists, 5.5 sacks, had a knockdown, forced a pair of fumbles and recovered two fumbles
DL Jeremie Drouin (Westshore Rebels) – he helped the Rebels to a BC Conference title with nine tackles, five assists, two sacks, had a block and knocked down a pass
R Derek Yachison (Kamloops Broncos, pictured) – he finished his CJFL career following the 2015 season collecting 1026 yards on 73 receptions and 14 touchdowns.
DB Luc Catellier (Calgary Colts) – named an All-Canadian this past season with 17 tackles, five assists, one knockdown, forced a fumble, one fumble recovery and three interceptions
OL Theren Churchill (Edmonton Huskies)
DL Ryan Warner (Regina Thunder) was a rock for the Thunder D-Line collecting 15 tackles, 11 assists, had two sacks and forced a fumble
DB Adam Laurensse (VI Raiders) was outstanding for the Raiders in the 2011 season before moving on from the CJFL
WR Whitman Tomusiak (VI Raiders) was a main reason the Raiders reached the 2013 Canadian Bowl oddly enough in Regina, the site of this CFL Combine
The CJFL wishes all these players good luck as they try and win an invitation to the Main Combine March 25-26 in Regina as the CFL caps of the inaugural CFL Week. The CFL Draft is scheduled for May 2017.