The CJFL in conjunction with the Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season the weekend of August 13, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The defending Conference champion London Beefeaters begin their title defence that afternoon at 5:00pm when they visit the Ottawa Sooners who return to Conference play after missing 2021. The St. Clair Fratmen who finished as the top seed last year open their season at home when they welcome the Quinte Skyhawks at 7:00pm in a semi-final rematch and then the following afternoon the GTA Grizzlies entertain the Hamilton Hurricanes at 1:00pm.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 2nd. The Conference playoffs will open on October 15th, following a bye weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference championship game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Ontario final will host the BC Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final on Saturday October 29th. The winner of this game will travel the Prairies for the 2022 Canadian Bowl on November 12th.
Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
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 CJFL is proud to announce Tim Holden has been recognized with the CJFL Rick Smoke Volunteer Recognition Award.
“With all the volunteers in the league to be recognized with the Rick Smoke Award is an honour,” said Holden.
Following his playing days, Tim has been a volunteer since 2004 beginning with the Windsor AKO Fratmen and continuing to the present iteration of the team the St. Clair Fratmen. Throughout the years Tim has handled everything from equipment manager, game film coordinator and statistician.
In 2019 he took on a more active role at the Conference level acting as registrar and then this past season in 2021 when one of the Conference Vice-Presidents needed to resign, Tim stepped up again. In addition to his team responsibilities with the Fratmen and registration duties with the Conference Tim took on added responsibilities coordinating the OFC coaching certification, assisted with the new website and even conducted the stats for one of the other OFC teams whose statistician was unable to do them for a particular game.
Tim Holden truly embodies the spirit of the Rick Smoke Award.
Know someone in the CJFL worthy of this recognition, email CJFL Executive Director Paul Shortt HERE.
About the Rick Smoke Memorial Volunteer Recognition Award:
Junior football is successful because of the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. The CJFL would like to recognize these individuals.
The Rick Smoke Memorial Volunteer Recognition Award is named for former CJFL Treasurer Rick Smoke, who passed away suddenly in 2013.
Rick dedicated many years to junior football at the team and conference level, and over 25 years on the CJFL Executive as Treasurer.
This award, to honour Rick’s memory, is a tribute to celebrate and recognize the volunteers, past and present, who have dedicated a minimum of 10 years to the CJFL and junior football, whether at the team, conference or CJFL levels.
The celebrated volunteers will also be presented with a Rick Smoke Memorial Volunteers pin.