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.
Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography
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.
The Okanagan Sun have announced their new head coach to lead the team into the 2022 CJFL season and beyond. Former player Travis Miller takes over after Jamie Boreham stepped down last week.
Miller was the offensive coordinator in 2021 as the Sun compiled a 7-1 regular season record scoring a BC Conference high 360 points, averaging 45 points each game. He saw running back Malcolm Miller achieve CJFL greatness winning the league’s rushing title with 1360 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year becoming the first Sun player to be honoured since 2004.
The new head coach was an offensive lineman for the Sun playing five seasons from 2005-2009. He moved onto play at Acadia University in Nova Scotia from 2010-2011 then returned to his hometown of Grande Prairie. He decided to get into coaching and started at his alma mater guiding the Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors. He took on the role of head coach and offensive coordinator and helped the school to a Tier 1 Provincial Bronze medal.
Miller talks with Ryan Watters under the CJFL Spotlight.