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 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
The Edmonton Wildcats finished with a 2-6 record during the 2021 season. They traveled to Winnipeg for a Canadian Bowl quarterfinal where their season ended in a 29-18 loss to the Rifles, but gained valuable experience to set themselves up for a push in 2022.
That playoff loss spelled the end of the line for five players and their CJFL careers. Three of them were key additions to the Wildcats’ passing attack as all five join the CJFL Class of 2021.
WR Lucas Howe – in his fifth and final season he led the Wildcats with 359 reception yards, an 18.8 yards per catch average and six touchdowns. In total he caught 19 passes and had an average of 17.3 yards from scrimmage.
WR Jacob Mihailides – he spent five seasons with the Wildcats and led them in 2021 with 23 receptions. He averaged 13 yards a catch, and had 301 yards of receiving and a touchdown.
WR Carter Lawson – he played four seasons with the Wildcats at 6’2/180. In 2021 he averaged 12.5 yards on eight catches for 100 total yards.
OL Anthony Rahe – for the past five seasons he has been an anchor for the Wildcats offensive line and will be missed in 2022. His 6’4, 325 pound frame will be a large hole to fill.
DB Chase Larose – his veteran leadership in the Wildcats secondary will be missed after playing five seasons in the CJFL. In 2021 he collected 16 tackles, had an assisted stop and had a knockdown.