Since 1963 one of the class organizations of the Ontario Conference has been the Hamilton Hurricanes. Each season the Hurricanes are at or near the top of the standings fighting for a Conference title. In just their second season they finished with a 4-1-1 record and qualified for their first playoff appearance. They lost that first playoff game, but it set the tone for the 1965 season. They finished 8-2 and won their first playoff game that year, a 13-1 win over the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Bears and punched their ticket to the final.
In 1966 the Hurricanes claimed their first, first place finish with an 8-2 record, scoring the most points in the Conference, averaging 28 a game. After beating Burlington in the semis 22-19, the Hurricanes would fall in the Conference final 38-37 in the two game series with the Weston Invictus Redmen.
After appearing in the Conference final five straight seasons, the Hurricanes finally tasted victory in 1969 beating the Burlington Braves 14-7 in the two game series. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes they would fall in the Eastern Ontario semi-finals 29-23 to the Windsor AKO Fratmen. This was the first chapter in the Hurricanes-Fratmen rivalry that has lasted ever since.
The 1972 season was perhaps the most memorable in Hurricanes history. That year they crushed the West Division of the Ontario Conference with a 10-0 record outscoring the opposition 307-89. In the semis they blasted the Oshawa Hawkeyes 59-0, and then beat the undefeated West Division champion Scarboro Rams 22-14 in the two game series. Following that win, the Hurricanes beat the Quebec Conference champion Ottawa Sooners 11-7 in CJFL East championship and punched their ticket to the Leader-Post Trophy (Canadian Bowl) game in the neutral site of Saskatoon.
In that national title game the Hurricanes faced the heavily favoured Regina Rams who had breezed through the regular season, Prairie Conference playoffs and destroyed the Vancouver Meralomes 57-14 in the Western Canada championship. Despite the Rams pedigree the Hurricanes wouldn’t be denied and dominated the Rams for a 33-8 victory in front of 6,000 fans to win their first national championship.
Since that victory the Hurricanes have appeared in seven national championship games but have yet to reclaim the title.
In all the Hurricanes have 12 Ontario Conference titles and have finished first 11 times, the most recent in 2018 when they flew to Langley for the national semi-final game.
The Hurricanes have been fortunate to play the majority of their home games on a CFL field. In the past they would host teams at Ivor Wynne Stadium and today they welcome in their Ontario Conference rivals to Tim Hortons Field, both the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 2019 the Hurricanes played a couple of their home games in Brantford, 30 minutes from Hamilton at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex. All of their locations have been outfitted in field turf.
Over the course of their history the Hurricanes have been blessed with several outstanding players. Quarterback Jason Hayes helped them continue their winning tradition and is now their all-time winningest coach, Linebacker Aram Eisho is the only player to be named the CJFL Defensive Player of the Year three straight times from 2008-2010. Quarterback Jake Marquette was named the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 setting various team records.
Quick Hurricanes Facts:
Conference – Ontario Conference
Location – 64 Melrose Ave, Hamilton, ON
Hurricanes President – Mike Samuel
Head Coach – Jason Hayes, the team’s all-time winningest coach
Stadium – Tim Hortons Field
Social Handle – @CanesFootball63 / @HamiltonHurricanes
Motto – Do Work
Primary Colours – Black, Powder Blue, Orange, White
Football Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
MANAGER, NON-CONTACT FOOTBALL
Lead the development of Football Canada’s non-contact programs and events in conjunction with the Provincial Sport Organization. Football Canada is seeking an individual to serve as Technical and Events staff. This individual will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for coordinating, developing and administrating all activities related to National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and the Football Canada Officials Certification Program for non-contact football (flag, Sevens, and touch). The individual shall guide and support the efforts of the National Office Staff, Directors/Chairpersons, Committees, and other Volunteers in the fulfilment of their roles and duties.
Areas of focus will include the following:
• Manage Player Development
• Manage Officials Development
• Manage Coach Development
• Manage High Performance
• Manage Rules and Safety
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The ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications and experience:
• Post-secondary degree preferably in Physical Education/Coaching or Sport Management.
• Coaching background – certified NCCP Training or equivalent experience.
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• Works well with others as a team player.
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Football Canada is proud to welcome the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) as an Associate Member.
The approval of the CJFL marks the fourth Associate Member to join Football Canada in the last year, joining the Canadian Football League, U SPORTS and the Canadian Football Officials Association.
“Football Canada is now the hub of communications for our national contact football organizations to connect, collaborate and partner with grassroots football across the country,” Football Canada President Jim Mullin said.
“Coming out of this pandemic, it is critical that all football organizations within Canada work together as one instead of against each other to get all of our teams and players back on the field safely,” added CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich. “I’m excited to be able to share best practices and ideas across the country to not only build our CJFL game, but football as a whole. This partnership with the other organizations will give more opportunities for young men and women to play this game.”
The alliance creates pathways for expanded work on CJFL teams to participate in developing the game at the community level with Football Canada programming like First Down and CFL Futures focused on participation for youth under-12. It is also a catalyst for discussion with the CFL and U SPORTS to align areas of operations and events.
“We have already started a dialogue between the partners about how we can work together as a football community to maximize our high-performance events and contribute to minor football, and the CJFL is at the centre of that discussion,” continued Mullin.
The CJFL’s membership in Football Canada was facilitated by the recent ratification of Ontario Football Conference (OFC) Juniors return to the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA), the responsible body for football’s governance in Ontario. The OFC is set to host the CJFL championship Canadian Bowl this November, showcasing the talent and level of enthusiasm for junior football in the province and across the country.
ABOUT FOOTBALL CANADA: Established in 1880 and reconstituted in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally.