Photo courtesy of Jim Motokado
The Valley Huskers became a member of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) in the BC Conference in 1999. Over the course of their 20 years of playing they have been branded as the Chilliwack Huskers, the Chilliwack Valley Huskers and most recently the Valley Huskers.
They started their play at Townsend Park in Chilliwack for two seasons before crossing the street and have played at Exhibition Stadium since 2001. As a matter of fact that season they also recorded their best finish at 7-3 and second place in the Interior Division of the BC Conference. They went onto a 26-21 victory in the semi-final over the Tri-City Bulldogs, but then fell in the Cullen Cup championship game.
Since their berth in 1999 the Huskers have an overall record of 49-157-1 tie. They have made the post-season five times with their only victory in 2001 over the Bulldogs.
Since the hiring of head coach Bob Reist the Huskers have been moving in the right direction for the past three seasons. In 2018 Reist was named the CJFL Gordon Currie Coach of the Year leading the Huskers to a 6-4 record and a very potent offence.
There were high hopes for the Huskers in 2020 before the season was canceled due to the pandemic. The high expectations continue here in 2021 as Reist and his coaching staff are preparing for another major step in the organization’s history.
In their 20 year history they have had three major CJFL award winners, two of which came from the 2018 season. Reist was named Coach of the Year while James Moar was named the CJFL Past Commissioner Award winner for excellence in community service. In 2010 Teague Funk was also named the Past Commissioner Award winner.
Furthermore for the past two seasons Brandon Poulin has been named the CJFL All-Canadian for Return Specialist.
The Huskers have had one player in their alumni crack a CFL roster; Teague Sherman who played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa RedBlacks.
Quick Huskers Facts:
Conference – BC Conference
Location – 45323 Hodgons Ave, Chilliwack, BC
Team President – Tom Caverly
Head Coach – Bob Reist
Stadium – Exhibition Stadium
Social Handle -@thehuskers, @bcfc_huskers, @valleyhuskers
Motto – “New Crop” and “Grow The Road”
Primary Colours – Black / Green / Gold