The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) are proud to announce their 2022 regular season schedule that will see the seven-member Conference open play on Saturday July 23rd with a full slate of games.
This season’s schedule is particularly exciting as the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks will kick-off their inaugural season. Their first game will be on the road when they visit the Valley Huskers on the 23rd before their home opener on August 7th.
The defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams will open their title defence at home when they host the Westshore Rebels while the Okanagan Sun visit the VI Raiders that afternoon.
The teams will play a 10-game regular season schedule concluding on October 8th. The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final Cullen Cup game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Cullen Cup will head to Ontario for the National Semi-Final on October 29th with the winner of that game playing for the 2022 Canadian Bowl in the Prairies. The last time a team from BC travelled to Ontario for a National Semi-Final was in 2013 when the VI Raiders beat the Windsor AKO Fratmen.
The Ontario Conference continues to work on their schedule and do anticipate releasing it in the coming weeks. The Prairie Conference released their schedule last week HERE.
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Coming into the 2022 CJFL season the Valley Huskers have high hopes with plenty of talented players returning, hungry for a long playoff run.
That said, they do have some key pieces from the 2021 season not returning as part of the CJFL Grad Class. Perhaps the biggest piece not eligible to comeback is running back Brandon O’Connor. In all six players have graduated from the CJFL and the Huskers program.
RB Brandon O’Connor – he was a focus for the Huskers offence in 2021 with 113 carries and 396 yards along with five touchdowns. He was also an important part of the blocking schemes during a passing play.
PK Ethan Homan – he and his right foot nailed six field goals in 2021 and statistically he was the BC Conference top punter. He booted 54 times averaging a Conference high 39.1 yards and collected a pair of singles on route to being named the Conference’s All-Star punter. He also averaged 54.5 yards on a kick-off along with being named the Special Teams Player of the Week three times.
DB Chris Mushenza – as a key piece of the Huskers defence he collected 16 tackles, one assisted stop and three sacks last season.
DB Jordan Farry – he was an integral part of the Huskers secondary making 14 tackles, three assisted stops and had a pair of knockdowns.
DL Daniel Kabongo – he was an important part of the Huskers line in 2021 consistently putting pressure in the opposition’s backfield.
WR Graham Hagstrom – as part of the receiving corp in 2021, Hagstrom is a big, strong option that will be tough to fill this upcoming season.
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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