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Hurricanes Bench Boss Named Coach of the Year

04/25/2017, 5:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Jason Hayes was honoured by the Ontario Football Alliance

Story courtesy of Nick Pelletier of the Hamilton Hurricanes

In conjunction with the U18 selection process for Team Ontario, coach Jason Hayes was awarded the OFA Coach of the Year award for his many years of service to the Hamilton Hurricanes Football Club.

Jason is heading into his 10th season as the bench boss for the Hurricanes and has taken the team to the Ontario Football Conference title game in six of those seasons, making appearances in five straight, winning the Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy three times in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Hayes also led the Hurricanes to a Canadian Bowl matchup with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 2011.

As a player, Hayes was the 1993 CJFL Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback for the Hurricanes. He holds several OFC records, including most pass completions in a single season, most touchdown passes in a single season and highest completion percentage for a single season. Hayes played professionally with the Shreveport Pirates (CFL) and Iowa Barnstormers (AFL).

He and wife Tracey live in Hamilton with their two children, Linneah and LJ. Hayes is an instructor for the Delta-Woodview Program.

Jason Hayes is the most winningest coach in Hamilton Hurricanes history.

The 2017 CJFL Schedule Unveiled

04/20/2017, 7:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The new season opens July 29th with the road to the Bowl

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:

 

CJFL Releases Interconference Schedule

04/19/2017, 7:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Six historial games between the PFC and OFC in 2017

For the first time in its long history the CJFL will see teams from the Prairie Conference (PFC) battle teams from the Ontario Conference (OFC) in regular season action as six Interconference games have been scheduled.

Last season the CJFL hosted a pair of successful Interconference games between teams in the BC Conference and teams in the PFC.  Despite bad weather and lopsided scores, fans in Chilliwack and Kelowna came out in droves to support the history making games and enjoyed the experience.

This year’s Interconference games will feature a total of 10 teams involved in six games beginning Saturday August 12th.  

The Winnipeg Rifles head east to face the Ottawa Sooners in the Nation’s Capital while the Edmonton Huskies travel to Windsor to face the AKO Fratmen.   This will be the first time these franchises will face one another and part of an exciting opening weekend for both the PFC and OFC Conferences.

A couple of weeks later another pair of Interconference games will are scheduled, both with Canadian Bowl history attached. 

The Regina Thunder will meet the reigning OFC champion Hamilton Hurricanes on Saturday August 26th for the first time in 25 years.  The last time they met was the 1993 Canadian Bowl in Regina, that the then Rams won 23-11.  These two also met in the 1975 Armadale Cup (now Canadian Bowl) in which the Rams were victorious 38-19.  Rewinding this all-time series even further the Hurricanes defeated Regina in the 1972 Leader Post Trophy game (now Canadian Bowl) 33-8.

The second match-up that day features the defending national champion Saskatoon Hilltops hosting the Ottawa Sooners in a rematch of the 1991 Canadian Bowl.  It was a title game that the Hilltops won 41-27 on their home field in Saskatoon.

The final pair of CJFL Interconference games this season will fall the weekend of September 23-24.  The Hurricanes travel west to meet the Edmonton Wildcats for the first time in exactly 40 years. Back in the 1977 Armadale Cup the Wildcats shutout the Hurricanes 28-0 in their only other meeting to win the national title.

Then Sunday the 24th the Calgary Colts will host the London Beefeaters for the first time in CJFL history.

Each of the six games will offer historical significance and will no doubt create a buzz of excitement not only within those communities, but also across the entire CJFL.

The full schedule featuring all three Conferences will be release tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00am EST/7:00am PST.