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Member Monday: Langley Rams

04/19/2021, 1:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The defending BC Cullen Cup champs

The reigning BC Cullen Cup Champion Langley Rams became a member of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) for the first time in 1976 and were known as the Surrey Rams. They were a member until 1980, when a restructuring of the BC Conference sent the Rams down to the Tier II level.  However then in 1988 they were back as full members for good.

Over the years the Rams have posted an impressive record of 210-138-8. They are only the third team in Conference history to record 200 or more wins.

The Rams have had four name changes over their 37-year history. From 1988 to 1998 they were known as the Surrey Rams, and then from 1999 to 2005 they were known as the South Fraser Rams.  From that 1988 season up until 2005 they played out of Bear Creek Park in Surrey on natural grass. In 2006, they moved operations to White Rock and became known as the South Surrey Big Kahuna Rams until 2011, when they moved to Langley and McLeod Stadium to become the Langley Rams.

They have finished in first place in the Conference five times (1990, ’91, ’92, ’94 and 2019) and have made 31 appearances  in the CJFL post season,  winning nine Cullen Cups in the process (’1990, ’92, ’93, ’94, 2005, 2012. 2014, 2018, 2019).  Five of those Cullen Cup wins advanced the Rams to the Canadian Bowl but the franchise is still looking for their first national crown after losses in 1992, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.

Along with successful teams the Rams have a rich tradition of developing incredible talent.  Twice players have been recognized as the CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year; Blair Atkinson (WR) in 2001 and Andrew Pocrnic (RB) in 2019.  On the other side of the ball one defender has been named the League’s Defensive Player of the Year when defensive end/linebacker Jermaine Haley received the honour in 1992.

Furthermore three players have been named CJFL Rookie of the Year; Josh Boden (2005), Cam Clark (2007) and Ethan Schulz (2014).  Countless Rams have been placed on the Conference All-Star teams each year.

The list of Rams alum that are or have played at the next level for a CFL club is lengthy:

Josh Boden - BC Lions
Jevon Cottoy - BC Lions
Jaskaran Dhillon – BC Lions
Evan Foster – Toronto Argonauts
Jermaine Haley – Toronto Argonauts
Doug Hocking – BC Lions / Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Chris Hoople – Montreal Alouettes / Calgary Stampeders / BC Lions
Chris Hoople – Montreal Alouettes / Calgary Stampeders / BC Lions
Adam Konar – Edmonton Eskimos
Paul McCallum – BC Lions / Saskatchewan Roughriders
Charles Nwoye - BC Lions
Dan Payne – Saskatchewan Roughriders / BC Lions / Hamilton Tiger-Cats / Toronto Argonauts
Andrew Pocrnic - BC Lions
Davis Sanchez – Montreal Alouettes / Calgary Stampeders
Sean Whyte – BC Lions / Montreal Alouettes
Kevin Thompson – BC Lions
Jesse Walker - BC Lions
Malcolm Williams – Toronto Argonauts

Quick Rams Facts:
Conference – BC Conference
Location – 58 Ave and 214A St. Langley
Langley - President – Dana Matheson
Head Coach – TBD
Stadium – McLeod Stadium
Social Handle - @LangleyRams / @LangleyRamsFans
Motto – Redemption 2021
Primary Colours – Blue and white with yellow trim

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