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BC Conference Schedule

04/19/2022, 10:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The new BC Conference schedule opens on July 23

The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) are proud to announce their 2022 regular season schedule that will see the seven-member Conference open play on Saturday July 23rd with a full slate of games.

This season’s schedule is particularly exciting as the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks will kick-off their inaugural season. Their first game will be on the road when they visit the Valley Huskers on the 23rd before their home opener on August 7th. 

The defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams will open their title defence at home when they host the Westshore Rebels while the Okanagan Sun visit the VI Raiders that afternoon.

The teams will play a 10-game regular season schedule concluding on October 8th.  The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final Cullen Cup game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd. 

The winner of the Cullen Cup will head to Ontario for the National Semi-Final on October 29th with the winner of that game playing for the 2022 Canadian Bowl in the Prairies.  The last time a team from BC travelled to Ontario for a National Semi-Final was in 2013 when the VI Raiders beat the Windsor AKO Fratmen. 

The Ontario Conference continues to work on their schedule and do anticipate releasing it in the coming weeks.  The Prairie Conference released their schedule last week HERE.

More CJFL Combine Invites

03/08/2022, 10:45am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A total of 28 CJFL players have been invited

Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography

The CJFL is proud to announce several former players have been invited to one of the four CFL Combines that will take place this month.  A total of 28 CJFL players will participate. 

The Ontario Regional Combine will take place on March 10 at the University of Waterloo, before Baie-D’Urfé, Que., hosts the Eastern Regional Combine on March 11. The Western Regional Combine on March 18 in Edmonton will conclude the trio of events, marking the ninth occasion that the league has hosted the regional showcases.  The National Combine will be the main event and takes place in Toronto from March 25-27.

The former CJFL invites who will take part in one of three Regional Combines are as follows:

DB Marcel Arruda-Welch – Valley Huskers
DL Donovan Burgmaier – Edmonton Huskies
DB Brandon Gandire – Westshore Rebels
DL Garth Knittig - Saskatoon Hilltops
WR Kyler Mosley – Okanagan Sun
WR Brendan Naujoks – Winning Rifles
K David Solie - Saskatoon Hilltops
RB Vitor St. Pierre-Laviolette - Regina Thunder
LB Jacob Battenfelder – Edmonton Huskies
DB Daniel Loggale – Edmonton Huskies
WR Isaac Fagnan – Edmonton Wildcats
LB Tanner Smith – Regina Thunder
OL Joel Braden – Regina Thunder
DL Sandar Mod – Hamilton Hurricanes

The former CJFL invites who will take part in the National Combine are as follows:

RB Jean Paul Cimankinda – Ottawa Sooners
DB Jayden Dalke - Edmonton Wildcats
RB Adam Marchart – Saskatoon Hilltops (pictured)
DL Riley Pickett – Saskatoon Hilltops
DL Anthony Federico – Hamilton Hurricanes  

Players previously announced that will take part in the Combines are:

RB Taz Bell – London Beefeaters
LB Cornelius Brown Jr. – Quinte Skyhawks
DL Austin Daisy – Calgary Colts
RB Alex Gayle - Edmonton Huskies 
WR Cody Holmes – St. Clair Fratmen
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
LB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
WR/KR Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers 
OL James Sides – Hamilton Hurricanes

CJFL Executive of the Year for 2021

11/28/2021, 10:15am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Tyler McLaren of the BC Conference

The Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year is handed out each season to a worthy volunteer who has gone above and beyond their usual duties.  The winner must show a passion to make their team or Conference better and the 2021 recipient did that, and then some.

This CJFL season required “out of the box thinking” at almost every turn and BC Conference President Tyler McLaren was up for the task.  He demonstrated incredible leadership with the changing COVID-19 protocols and was able to secure much needed funds for the Conference when ticket sales and sponsorship dollars were in jeopardy.

Tyler has been named the 2021 CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year.

Original nomination submitted by Paul Shortt.

In his fourth year as President of the British Columbia Football Conference, 2021 turned out to be the most challenging for Tyler.

A hands-on President, as the conference came back to play following a CoVID year off, Tyler had plenty of work to do to get the BCFC back on the field and help the teams maneuver the provincial restrictions and help the teams who were experiencing financial setbacks.

Tyler maintained constant communication throughout the year to head off any potential problems and concerns that might delay or cancel the 2021 season and to ensure that all the teams in the BCFC were up to date on what was taking place within the BCFC as well as the CJFL.

This season Tyler created a schedule that the teams could adapt to, all the while obeying the provincial restrictions due to the pandemic. Part of the schedule called for the Okanagan Sun and Kamloops Broncos to hold home games in Chilliwack. Because of that decision, there were no games lost or postponed.

Along with being financially frugal, Tyler has again secured a major sponsor from the B.C. Lions football club. He was able to negotiate a new 50/50 agreement that would see the BCFC maintain the money flow to the league, despite the Lions missing 2020 and playing a shortened 2021 season. He also worked with and lobbied the BC government to secure some financial assistance from the COVID Relief Fund.

To help alleviate some of the financial strain on the teams, Tyler was able to broker a deal with Traxx Bus Lines that made for more cost-effective travel for the clubs.

All the while, Tyler was able to keep the new franchise from Prince George, the Kodiaks, informed and on track for their opening campaign in 2022.

With the challenges that the conference endured this season and Tyler taking ownership and responsibility of the BCFC to ensure that the league got back on track, the BCFC feels that Tyler would be a good choice as the CJFL 2021 Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year.

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