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The CJFL continues to hand out the end of the year awards today. Up next is the CJFL Gordon Currie Coach of the Year.
The nominees are:
Mike LaChance – St. Clair Fratmen (8-0). He led the Fratmen to another first place finish and home field advantage throughout the Ontario playoffs. He’s named the Ontario Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Jamie Boreham – Okanagan Sun (7-1). He led the Sun a second place finish in 2021 and led his club into the Cullen Cup championship game.
Scott MacAulay – Regina Thunder (8-0). He led the Thunder to their first ever undefeated regular season and home field advantage throughout the Prairie Conference playoffs.
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The CJFL continues to hand out the end of the year awards today. Up next is the CJFL Rookie of the Year.
The nominees are:
Reece McCormick of the Regina Thunder - he was named the Prairie Conference Rookie of the Year with 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, and added 3 sacks;
Daniel Kubongo of the Langley Rams – he was named the BC Conference Rookie of the Year with 20 receptions for 634 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also returned 19 punts for 280 yards.
Craig Gonsalves of the Quinte Skyhawks – he was named the Ontario Conference Rookie of the Year with 21 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 knockdowns, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery.
The Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year is handed out each season to a worthy volunteer who has gone above and beyond their usual duties. The winner must show a passion to make their team or Conference better and the 2021 recipient did that, and then some.
This CJFL season required “out of the box thinking” at almost every turn and BC Conference President Tyler McLaren was up for the task. He demonstrated incredible leadership with the changing COVID-19 protocols and was able to secure much needed funds for the Conference when ticket sales and sponsorship dollars were in jeopardy.
Tyler has been named the 2021 CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year.
Original nomination submitted by Paul Shortt.
In his fourth year as President of the British Columbia Football Conference, 2021 turned out to be the most challenging for Tyler.
A hands-on President, as the conference came back to play following a CoVID year off, Tyler had plenty of work to do to get the BCFC back on the field and help the teams maneuver the provincial restrictions and help the teams who were experiencing financial setbacks.
Tyler maintained constant communication throughout the year to head off any potential problems and concerns that might delay or cancel the 2021 season and to ensure that all the teams in the BCFC were up to date on what was taking place within the BCFC as well as the CJFL.
This season Tyler created a schedule that the teams could adapt to, all the while obeying the provincial restrictions due to the pandemic. Part of the schedule called for the Okanagan Sun and Kamloops Broncos to hold home games in Chilliwack. Because of that decision, there were no games lost or postponed.
Along with being financially frugal, Tyler has again secured a major sponsor from the B.C. Lions football club. He was able to negotiate a new 50/50 agreement that would see the BCFC maintain the money flow to the league, despite the Lions missing 2020 and playing a shortened 2021 season. He also worked with and lobbied the BC government to secure some financial assistance from the COVID Relief Fund.
To help alleviate some of the financial strain on the teams, Tyler was able to broker a deal with Traxx Bus Lines that made for more cost-effective travel for the clubs.
All the while, Tyler was able to keep the new franchise from Prince George, the Kodiaks, informed and on track for their opening campaign in 2022.
With the challenges that the conference endured this season and Tyler taking ownership and responsibility of the BCFC to ensure that the league got back on track, the BCFC feels that Tyler would be a good choice as the CJFL 2021 Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year.