Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography
The Regina Thunder are on the fast track in preparing for the 2022 CJFL season. They hosted their Spring Camp in May with over 100 players in attendance all hoping to get an invitation to this year’s main camp coming up later this season.
Last year the Thunder finished with the best record in the Prairie Conference but suffered their only loss of the season in the Conference championship game. They will return several of their big weapons this season and will once again be in the mix.
There is even a bit more incentive this year as the Prairie Conference champion will host the 2022 Canadian Bowl in November.
Head coach Scott MacAulay talks with Ryan Watters.
For some Wednesday 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.
All three Conferences and 19 CJFL teams will participate on June 1st, signing players to their 2022 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.
Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor
The Edmonton Huskies will no doubt be in the mix in the Prairie Conference once again in 2022 and will look to host their first Canadian Bowl since 2004.
After a terrific season in 2021 the Huskies lose three players to graduation, and they leave large cleats to fill particularly on the offensive side.
QB Declan O’Flaherty – he’s arguably the biggest graduate for the Huskies after leading most of the Conference categories last season. He led with 138 completions, 234 attempts, 2115 yards, and 19 touchdowns.
RB Brandt Burzuk – he has been a lethal weapon for the Huskies out of the backfield over his career, unfortunately missing out on last season due to an injury. In 2019 he was named an All-Canadian galloping 824 yards on 129 carries and scored six touchdowns.
LB Jack Jones – he will be missed on the Huskies defence this season after making 14 solo tackles and two assisted stops in 2021.
The Huskies will open the season on Sunday August 14th when they visit the Calgary Colts. They won’t host their home opener until Week 3 when they welcome the Regina Thunder on August 28th.