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  • Madden Cup 2020

  • 06/26/2020, 10:30am PDT , By Supplied
  • Coast-to-coast live-stream tournament to take place during summer
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  • Magnificent Seven

  • 04/30/2020, 11:00pm PDT , By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
  • Seven former CJFL players were selected in the CFL draft
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Recent Okanagan Sun News

Madden Cup 2020

06/26/2020, 10:30am PDT
By Supplied

Coast-to-coast live-stream tournament to take place during summer

Football Canada is excited to announce a new national virtual tournament this summer.

From July 4-11th, the 2020 Madden Canada Cup will take centre stage. Overall, the tournament will feature four separate divisions:

  •     under-18 Playstation 4
  •     18-plus Playstation 4
  •     under-18 Xbox One
  •     18-plus Xbox One

Three separate Regional Qualifying Rounds will kick off the tournament on July 4-5, 2020. The Eastern Round will consist of participants from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Meanwhile, players from Ontario and Quebec will compete in the Central Round. Finally, the Western Round will see competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Specific times for the rounds will be released closer to the dates.

From each division, the final 64 participants move on to compete in the Madden Canada Cup National Championship Weekend on July 10-11, 2020. It will be live streamed via Football Canada’s YouTube Channel. Throughout the broadcast, special guests will join the organization virtually, including coaches and sports administrators.

“We are incredibly excited to be hosting our first nationwide Madden Canada Cup tournament,” commented Aaron Geisler, Football Canada’s Director of Sport. “The hope is we can bring all of our athletes, coaches, parents, fans, and avid gamers together to experience some football over the summer.”

The rivalry of the Football Canada Cup and its history runs deep, and we hope that we can provide some of that healthy inter-provincial rivalry in this format and crown a champion to represent that provincial pride.”

There will be prizes to be won during the tournament. Each National Championship division winner wins five percent of the total revenue (minimum $750.00, maximum $2000.00) while the division finalists will earn a cash prize of $500.00. Regional Round winners will also receive 20 percent off at the Football Canada Shop.

During National Championship Weekend, anyone who is watching the live stream can get in on the prize-winning action as well. Throughout the day, raffles will take place and you can earn additional entries by answering trivia questions. Announcements of the winners happen during the Finals. Prizes include Football Canada apparel, FC Shop gift cards, and more.

The registration fee is $25.00 and includes a voucher for 10% off Don’t miss out on this chance to secure your spot in the tournament. CLICK HERE to register!

CJFL National Signing Day

05/24/2020, 10:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Players begin their CJFL career on June 1st

For some Monday June 1st is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.

The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club.  When a player signs he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.  

So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.

National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well.   Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.

Following National Signing Day coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team.  That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on June 1st.

Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters.  They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season, still to be determined as restrictions from COVID-19 begin to lift.

All three Conferences and 17 CJFL teams will participate on June 1st, signing players to their 2020 roster.

Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigningDay as teams will be posting once a player signs.

Magnificent Seven

04/30/2020, 11:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Seven former CJFL players were selected in the CFL draft

Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor

The CFL held its annual player draft on Thursday and seven former CJFL players heard their name called including one in the first round.

Former Edmonton Huskies offensive lineman and captain Theren Churchill was the first former CJFLer selected, chosen ninth overall by the Toronto Argonauts.   He was the second player taken by the Argos in the first round after they took receiver Dejon Brissett from Virginia with the second overall pick.  Churchill played for the Huskies from 2013-2016 before moving onto the University of Regina.

In the fifth round former Okanagan Sun defensive lineman Nicholas Dheilly was selected by the Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 46th overall.   He played just one season for the Sun in 2018 leading the CJFL with eight sacks along with seven solo tackles, had three assisted stops and one knockdown.

The next former CJFL player to hear his named called was Jesse Lawson in the seventh round and 62nd overall.  The offensive lineman played for the Langley Rams in 2014 helping them to host the Canadian Bowl.   He followed his junior career up with a pair of seasons at Carlton University.

Two picks later the defending champion Blue Bombers selected another former CJFL player.  This time All-Canadian Tanner Gaskill-Cadwallader of the London Beefeaters was selected 64th overall; the last pick of the seventh round.    Last season with the Beefs the defensive back made 16 tackles, two assisted stops, had a pair of sacks, two knockdowns and intercepted three passes taking one back 52 yards for a touchdown.

In the eighth round former Langley Rams defensive lineman Brock Gowanlock was chosen 66th overall by the Montreal Alouettes.  He played the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Rams helping them to the Canadian Bowl in 2014. That year he had 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks, then had three stops in the Canadian Bowl.  He exploded in 2015 dominating the line for the Rams recording a CJFL high 14.5 sacks along with 17 tackles, had a knockdown and returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown. Those 14.5 sacks are third most in a single season.

Turned out the Alouettes weren’t done drafting former CJFL players just yet.  Three selections later they grabbed former Regina Thunder running back Colton Klassen 69th overall.    He had two very successful seasons with the Thunder.  As a rookie in 2014 he was thrust into an important position in their running attack and he finished with 294 yards on 52 carries and scored three touchdowns.  However in 2015 he was a major factor winning the Prairie Conference rushing title with 911 yards on 117 carries, scoring five touchdowns.   He was named an All-Canadian in 2015 as well making 19 receptions out of the backfield for 247 yards and two more touchdowns.

The final former CJFL star to be selected in the CFL draft on Thursday was Tom Schnitzler of the Saskatoon Hilltops.  He was taken 72nd overall by the defending Eastern Conference champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  He played all five of his junior seasons with the Hilltops and won four Canadian Bowl titles.  He had a sparkling CJFL career combining for 53 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries with a touchdown, two blocked kicks, a pair of forced fumbles and four interceptions two of which were returned for touchdowns.  In his four Canadian Bowl appearances he collected 13 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery.

  • VOTE Now

  • 03/23/2020, 9:00am PDT , By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
  • Vote for the CJFL All-Decade Team
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