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Humboldt Broncos Jersey Day

04/09/2018, 10:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Thursday April 12

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

Class Of 2017: Eli Haynes

03/27/2018, 11:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

An All-Star linebacker for the Okanagan Sun

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Eli Haynes is a home grown player for the Okanagan Sun who spent the past five seasons chasing down tackles at the Apple Bowl.

In his final CJFL season in 2017 he led the BC Conference with 38 tackles and 114 total defensive points.  Along with his tackle total he also tallied four knockdowns, forced two fumbles and recovered a pair as well.  Over on Special Teams he collected seven tackles and assisted on two others.  He was named a BC Conference Defensive All-Star.

He is part of the CJFL’s Class of 2017:  WATCH HIS HIGHLIGHT VIDEO HERE

Why play for the Sun in the first place? – “I watched the Sun play growing up and they were my home team. I was just very fortunate to be able to move on to play for such a great junior organization in my home town.”

Why did you stay with the Sun for all five years? – “I already had the opportunity to pursue a degree at UBC Okanagan while continuing to play for the Sun. The team scholarship fund helped me out with tuition, so I didn’t need to pursue university football for school.”

Now that you’ve graduated from the CJFL, what’s the biggest lesson you take away? – “Never be late”

Each player goes through a lot during his CJFL career, how did you grow as a person? – “I think the most growth happened in my first year out of high school. Being an 18-year-old rookie practicing against the vets everyday was a challenge that made me better. Also, getting to meet so many different guys from all walks of life was really eye opening for me having grown up in Kelowna my whole life.”

What’s your favourite memory of playing with the Sun? – “Winning the Cullen Cup in 2015”

Knowing what you know now, would you change anything about your five seasons in the CJFL? -“Nothing. I’m happy with where I’m at now, so I have no regrets.”

What will you miss most? – “Playing in front of the home crowd at the Apple Bowl.”

What is next for Eli Haynes? – “I’m going to supplement my degree from UBCO by playing more football and studying at McMaster University next year. There’s no real master plan.”

Okanagan Sun linebacker Eli Haynes is part of the CJFL Class of 2017.


A CJFL Recap at the CFL Combine

03/26/2018, 4:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Rashaun Simonise and Archelaus Jack at the Combine

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

A pair of former CJFL receivers took part in the CFL’s National Combine this past weekend and made a name for themselves.

Here are the results:  Bench, 40, Vertical (in), Broad, 3-cone, Shuttle

Name Bench 40 yard dash Vertical (in) Broad 3-cone Shuttle
REC Archelaus Jack (Hamilton Hurricanes) 5 4.84 31 9'8.50" 7.19 4.31
REC Rashuan Simonise (Okanagan Sun) 7 4.76 35.5 10'5.75" 7.06 4.21