Four former CJFL players heard their name called on Sunday at the CFL Draft.
The Toronto Argos opened the third round of the draft by selecting former Langley Ram/VI Raider and defensive lineman Evan Foster with the 19th overall pick. Foster lasted played in the CJFL in 2013 with the Rams setting a new CJFL single season record with 16 sacks to compliment his 15 tackles, 13 assisted stops and 70 yard pick-six. He’ll join former Rams teammate, receiver Malcolm Williams in Toronto.
In the sixth round with the 45th pick, the Montreal Alouettes selected former Ottawa Sooners receiver Malcolm Carter. Last season in the OFC, Carter hauled in 20 receptions for 474 yards, averaging 23.7 yards a catch and scored eight touchdowns.
In the last stages of the seventh round, the Calgary Stampeders took former VI Raiders/Edmonton Wildcats defensive back Adam Laurensse with the 61st pick. He played for the Wildcats during the 2013 season before making the jump to the University of Calgary Dinos.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers used their final pick in the eighth round to select former Edmonton Wildcats receiver Tylor Henry. He played a pair of seasons in the CJFL in 2011 & 2012.
With their final pick in the eighth round the Stamps stayed local and selected receiver Richard Sindani of the Calgary Colts with the 70th pick. Last season for the Colts he made 38 receptions for 487 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
All four players will continue to train in preparation of their new team’s rookie and main camps in the next few weeks.
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:
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.