The CJFL and Prairie Conference (PFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season on August 14, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops begin their title defence that afternoon at 1:00pm when they host the Winnipeg Rifles. The Regina Thunder who finished as the top seed in 2021 open their season at home when they welcome the Edmonton Wildcats at 1:00pm and the Calgary Colts entertain the Edmonton Huskies at 1:00pm as well.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 16th. The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final scheduled for Sunday October 30th.
The winner of the Prairie finale will receive a bye week before hosting the 2022 Canadian Bowl on Saturday November 12th. It’s the first national final hosted in the Prairie Conference since the Hilltops hosted the Langley Rams in 2018.
The BC and Ontario Conferences continue to work on their schedules and do anticipate releasing them in the coming weeks.
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The Regina Thunder had an outstanding season in 2021 finishing first in the Prairie Conference for the first time in franchise history and went undefeated. They also rewrote the team history books by hosting their first ever Conference final.
This offseason they have some big shoes to fill with six players graduating from the program.
LB Davin Williamson (pictured) – he has meant so much to the Thunder defence over the last several years. In 2021 he collected 15 tackles, seven assisted tackles, had two sacks and had a knockdown
LB Carter Stusek – he tallied 21 tackles in 2021 along with nine assisted stops and had four knockdowns
DL Jordan Tholl – he has been a tremendous contributor both on and off the field. In 2021 had combined to have six tackles, eight assisted stops and had a sack. Off the field in 2020 he was named the CJFL Past Commissioner’s Award winner for outstanding community service
OL Matthew Hajewich – he was one of the reasons the Thunder offence dominated defences on the ground and through the air by either blowing open holes on the line of scrimmage or giving his quarterback time to throw the ball
LB Nicholai Sauer – he has been an important piece on the Thunder defence and will be missed in 2022
OL Damon Iron – the veteran offensive lineman will be missed on the field
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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