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The Prairie Conference 2021 Schedule

07/13/2021, 9:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Conference will kick-off August 22

The CJFL and Prairie Conference (PFC) have released their official 2021 eight game schedule that will see the six member conference open the season on August 22nd.  

All games and dates are subject to change or adjusted with the ongoing COVID-19 staged reopening.

The six-time defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops will open the season in Edmonton against the Huskies in a rematch of the 2019 Conference final.  Elsewhere the Regina Thunder will visit the Winnipeg Rifles and Calgary Colts host the Edmonton Wildcats.

The schedule calls for a pair of bye weeks in the regular season which can be used if games have to be rescheduled. Each team will play eight regular season games concluding the weekend of October 23-24.

In a different twist in 2021, all six Conference teams will qualify for the playoffs with the top two seeds receiving a bye into the semi-finals.  The third seed will host the sixth seed while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a quarterfinal.

The Conference final will be played over the weekend of November 13-14 with the winner heading to BC for the national semi-final game.  The winner of that tilt will travel to Ontario for the Canadian Bowl.

The CJFL teams will strictly follow guidance from each of the Provincial Health Authorities and will have the ability to change the schedule if required for the safety of our players, coaches, team administrators and fans.

Introducing The Prince George Kodiaks

07/09/2021, 10:45am PDT
By Supplied

They become the 19th CJFL team and seventh in BC

The CJFL and Kodiaks Football Club in Prince George are proud to announce that they have been granted an expansion Junior Football franchise by the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC). The Kodiaks will take the field starting in 2022 and become the seventh team within the BC Conference and 19th across the CJFL.

Newly hired Director of Football Operations and former CFL great Keon Raymond will be the first Head Coach for the Kodiaks program.  They will call Masich Place Stadium in Prince George their home field.

Below Team President Craig Briere and BC Conference President Tyler McLaren speak with Ryan Watters about the process of landing a team in Prince George and how they moved forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic


Canadian Bowl Date Moved

07/06/2021, 9:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The National Championship has a December date

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is pleased to announce a new date for the 2021 Canadian Bowl which will now be played on Saturday December 4, 2021.

Following discussions, with our teams and other stakeholders, the CJFL Board of Directors decided to move the National Championship game back a month, giving more time for communities across the country to adjust to the COVID-19 staged reopening.  The move allows the CJFL teams to begin their regular season in either late August or early September giving them a couple extra weeks in case games need to be rescheduled.

“It’s an exciting announcement,” says CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.   “Like most sporting events our teams across the country didn’t have an opportunity to play games last year and today’s announcement is another example of things moving in the right direction.   I would like to thank our teams and all their board members for being patient and diligent over the past year and we are all optimistically looking forward to being back on the field this year, even if it’s with a modified schedule.”

The CJFL will release all three Conference schedules next week with games, including today’s announcement of the Canadian Bowl subject to change.  The CJFL teams will strictly follow guidance from each of the Provincial Health Authorities and will have the ability to change the schedule(s) if required for the safety of our players, coaches, team administrators and fans.

The Canadian Bowl will be played in Ontario at the home of the Conference champion.  The champion of the Prairie Conference will travel to meet the winner of the BC Conference in the national semi-final game the weekend of November 20-21.  That winner will then travel to Ontario for the 2021 Canadian Bowl.

This will be the first Canadian Bowl ever to be played in the month of December.

The dates for the Conference schedules to be release are:

Tuesday July 13 – Prairie Conference
Wednesday July 14 – BC Conference
Thursday July 15 – Ontario Conference

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