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CJFL Rick Smoke Volunteer Recognition Award

01/12/2022, 7:30am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Tim Holden has been volunteering since 2004

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.

London Beefeaters Announcement

01/05/2022, 9:30am PST
By Supplied

Head coach Gavin Lake will not return for 2022

Photo courtesy of Joanna Kurowski Photography

The Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters have announced that head coach Gavin Lake will not return to the team for the 2022 season.

The Beefeaters Board of Directors would like to thank Coach Lake for his hard work and commitment to the organization and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  He led the team to a 6-2 regular season record in 2021, an Ontario Conference title and their first ever berth in the Canadian Bowl.

No decision has been made on a new head coach at this time but an announcement will be made when the position has been filled.

CJFL Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award

12/09/2021, 2:15pm PST
By Supplied

Mike Eurchuk of the Edmonton Huskies

The CJFL Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award has only been handed out 12 times in the past 25 seasons and hasn’t been since 2017.  This honour is saved for an individual that has dedicated a substantial portion of their life to junior football.  Previous honourees represent some of the most influential people responsible for making the CJFL what it is today.

Mike Eurchuk of the Edmonton Huskies is deserving of joining this elite class as he has been involved with junior football since the 1960’s.  He culminated the first portion of his involvement with the Huskies as the General Manager of the team in the mid-1960's.

Due to his involvement with Olympic wrestling at the same time, he took an extended leave of absence.  His involvement with wrestling led to numerous recognitions, including induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mike also won the 1980 Canadian Amateur Sports Official of the Year and was chosen as Canada’s Wrestling Administrator of the Year for 1982.  

After retiring from wrestling, Mike returned to his first love of football, re-joining the Huskies Board of Directors in 1995.   Since then, he has served stints as the Club’s President, Vice President and President of the Alumni Association.  He remains active on the Huskies’ Board and over the past few years has built the Alumni Association into a strong group.  

Since 2001, Mike has also served as the Prairie Conference’s treasurer and has helped spear head numerous Conference initiatives, including playoff revenue sharing, neutral site referees for playoff games and travel subsidy programs.  He was awarded the CJFL Executive of the Year Award in 2013.

He is largely responsible for ensuring the Prairie Conference remains financially viable and he is a true, devoted supporter of the Canadian Junior Football League. 

Congratulations Mike!