Photo courtesy of Adam Marchetti
Led by CJFL record setter, running back Andrew Pocrnic and a suffocating defence, the Langley Rams defeated the Westshore Rebels 35-12 to capture their second straight Cullen Cup title in 2019. Despite falling short of the ultimate goal of a CJFL Canadian Bowl title, these Rams will be commended for representing their community and the entire province of British Columbia with outstanding pride and determination.
They are the recipients of the BC Lions Orange Helmet Award as junior football champions in BC.
The Orange Helmet Awards are an annual marquee event on the BC Lions calendar, with proceeds supporting the development of amateur football in the province of British Columbia. It celebrates BC provincial champions at all levels of amateur football, pioneers of the sport, coaches and lifetime contributors to the game. To date the event has raised over $1,000,000 for amateur football and we salute the players, coaches and volunteers who share our passion for our great game.
The CJFL is focused on returning to play in 2021 and continue to plan for a full season leading up to the Canadian Bowl National Championship.
The cancellation of the 2020 season affected all of our players but most significantly those athletes that are nearing the end of their eligibility. The decision has been made to extend the eligibility of those players 22 years of age in 2020 (born 1998) for one additional season in 2021. Furthermore for those players 21 years of age in 2020 (born 1999) they have been granted one additional year of eligibility as well for the 2022 season. The CJFL remains committed to players that have chosen the CJFL as their long-term development path. To be eligible for this extended eligibility, affected players must have been on a 2019 CJFL roster, or registered with the CJFL (including those signed to a letter of intent) prior to August 6, 2020.
The CJFL and our 18 member teams continue to work towards a successful 2021 season.
One of the most dominate coaches in BC Conference history was Nick Kawaza who was fortunate to coach a pair of CJFL teams in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Kawaza guided the Surrey Rams from 1988-1995, then again 1997-1998, followed by the Tri-City Bulldogs from 1999-2002. In all he coached 14 seasons in the CJFL, fourth most all-time and collected an impressive 82 wins, second most in BC Conference history.
He also had great success in the playoffs recording a 10-3 record overall. His team’s captured the Cullen Cup BC title four times and steered the Rams to the Canadian Bowl back in 1992 in Ottawa.
Over the course of his wonderful coaching career Kawaza was named the Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year twice in 1992 with the Rams and 2001 with the Bulldogs.
Following his CJFL coaching career Kawaza kept involved with the BC Conference sitting on their Board of Directors for a couple of seasons sharing his wealth of knowledge. He is one of the most well respected football people in British Columbia.
With his resume and outstanding track record Nick Kawaza is most deserving of the CJFL Legendary status.