The defending Ontario Conference champion Hamilton Hurricanes will open their Spring Camp this weekend under the watchful eye of veteran head coach Jason Hayes.
For the first time since 2011, the Hurricanes are the hunted coming into the CJFL season after beating Windsor in last year’s championship game.
Coach Hayes is expecting 35 veterans in camp this weekend and between 50-60 new recruits. With that in mind he says his main goal is to evaluate their new players this weekend knowing he still has the opportunity to continue to recruit players throughout the summer to strengthen their team.
Coach Hayes likes having his veterans on the field with the fresh faces to offer leadership and continuity during the drills to create a winning atmosphere the coaches are looking for.
He hopes by the end of the weekend they want to know how their systems translates with the skills of their new recruits. If something doesn’t work well, Hayes and the staff still have two months before their main camp opens.
Joining the Hurricanes coaching staff this weekend at camp are a few alumni including quarterback Matt Francis and defensive lineman Tyler Corbett.
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 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: