Photo courtesy of Jim Motokado
With another season in the books the Kamloops Broncos graduate another top ranked receiver as Brody Bernier’s junior career has closed.
The Kingston Ontario native had an outstanding 2017 season leading the Broncos with 36 receptions, 519 yards and scored four touchdowns. What makes his numbers so impressive is the fact that he is the #1 threat on the offensive side, yet defences struggle to keep Bernier from getting the ball.
Why play for the Broncos in the first place? –”A former high school teammate of mine in Leduc Alberta player for the Broncos and got me to come out to their spring camp. I felt like the team was on the rise and it was a good fit for me.”
Why did you decided to play all five years of junior? – “I felt that staying in Kamloops and continuing to develop as a player was more beneficial to me than making the jump to U-Sports so early. Also the atmosphere of the city of Kamloops has for its sports teams is amazing, which makes the Broncos a very fun team to play on.”
Now that you’ve graduated from the CJFL, what’s the biggest lesson you take away? – “The biggest lesson I learned was how to work hard, both on and off the field.”
Each player goes through a lot during his CJFL career, how did you grow as a person? - “Playing in the CJFL has helped me grow from a young main into an adult. Moving away from home and learning how to provide for myself at a fairly young age was very beneficial.”
Upon reflecting on the season, what is your most memorable moment? – “I would have to narrow it down to a pair of moments. The first one would be scoring a 60-yard go ahead touchdown with two minutes left over the Westshore Rebels this past season. The other would be securing the franchise’s first playoff berth in front of the home crowd in my rookie season.”
Knowing what you know now, would you change anything? – “I had a great time in Kamloops and had a better junior career than I could have ever expected. So no I wouldn’t change anything.“
What will you miss most about playing in the CJFL? – “Playing in front of the fans at Hillside Stadium, the bus rides to and from games, getting to practice on the nicest field in the BC Conference everyday. Most of all the players and coaches I’ve had the pleasure of developing friendships with over the past five seasons.”
What is next for Brody Bernier? – “I will continue pursuing my degree in criminology and continue my playing career at Saint Mary’s University in the fall.”
Kamloops Broncos receiver Brody Bernier is part of the CJFL Class of 2017.
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) offers thoughts, prayers and support to the Humboldt Broncos and their families affected by this terrible tragedy. We mourn the passing of those that perished and offer strength during this difficult time
The CJFL is supporting the Jersey Day movement to show our support and compassion for the tragic event. CLICK HERE for more information.
The Jersey Day is planned for this Thursday.
We also echo the thoughts shared by Pat Steinberg of the CFL’s MMQB. READ HERE
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The CFL has announced their rosters for the three regionals combines along with the national combine scheduled for this month and the CJFL is well represented.
On Friday the “Ontario Regional Combine” will kick-off and five players with CJFL experience will be on hand. They are:
Robbie Yochim – DB – Okanagan Sun
Shaun Robinson – LB – Okanagan Sun/Westshore Rebels
Johann Jenkins – REC – Hamilton Hurricanes
Johnny Grant – OL – Hamilton Hurricanes
Mitch Norman – OL - Hamilton Hurricanes
A few weeks later, on March 23rd, the “Western Regional Combine” will come to Winnipeg and 13 more players that played for CJFL teams will compete for an invite the main CFL Combine. They are:
Tyson Thompson – OL – Westshore Rebels
Anthony Daley – OL – Langley Rams
Thomas Huber – REC – Okanagan Sun
Michael Richott – RB – VI Raiders/Winnipeg Rifles
Jimmy Airey –RB – Edmonton Huskies
Jonathan Heidebrecht – K – Edmonton
Jayden Dalke – DB – Edmonton Wildcats
Jordy Kibamba – DB – Calgary Colts
Dylan Minshull – RB/LB – Calgary Colts
Odun Ogidan –RB – Winnipeg Rifles
Mitch Thompson –REC – VI Raiders/Okanagan Sun/Regina Thunder
Brooks Falloon - DB - Winnipeg Rifles
Trisitan Koronkiewicz - DL - VI Raiders
A pair of former CJFL players have already punched their ticket to the CFL’s Main Combine scheduled for March 24-25 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. These players will undergo medical examinations, performance, strength and speed tests, on-field football drills and team interviews with general managers, coaches and scouts from all nine CFL teams.
Rashaun Simonise – REC – Okanagan Sun
Archeleus Jack – REC – Hamilton Hurricanes
Good luck to these 20 players representing the CJFL at the CFL regional combines this month.