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The GTA Grizzlies finished fourth last year in the Ontario Conference and made the playoffs, despite scoring just 95 points in eight games.
On the defensive side the Grizzlies have the talent and will look to be better than their 27.6 points per game a year ago. One of the players that will be relied upon is Patrick Jones.
The Toronto native could see time on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2017 as he enters his second season. However defence is where the Grizzlies will hope Jones develops into one of the best in the country.
He has the quickness and size to be a dominate force at 6’3 and 240 pounds. His knowledge of the offensive line, will no doubt help him reads cues on the field so that he can be successful on the D-Line.
With just one credited sack in his rookie campaign last season, Jones will need to up his game in order to lead the defence and cause havoc in the backfield of the opposition.
The Grizzlies open their new season on August 20 when they host the London Beefeaters at Centennial Stadium.
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: