The CJFL in conjunction with the Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season the weekend of August 13, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The defending Conference champion London Beefeaters begin their title defence that afternoon at 5:00pm when they visit the Ottawa Sooners who return to Conference play after missing 2021. The St. Clair Fratmen who finished as the top seed last year open their season at home when they welcome the Quinte Skyhawks at 7:00pm in a semi-final rematch and then the following afternoon the GTA Grizzlies entertain the Hamilton Hurricanes at 1:00pm.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 2nd. The Conference playoffs will open on October 15th, following a bye weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference championship game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Ontario final will host the BC Conference champion in the CJFL National Semi-Final on Saturday October 29th. The winner of this game will travel the Prairies for the 2022 Canadian Bowl on November 12th.
Photo courtesy of Boris Terzic
The Hamilton Hurricanes will look and feel a bit different in 2022 after losing some key pieces from last year’s team. As they try and climb back to the top of the Ontario Conference, they will need to do it without the 10 players who join the CJFL Grad Class of 2021.
QB Ethan Belbeck – as the Hurricanes #1 quarterback this past season, Belbeck used both his arm and legs to push his club into the post season as the third seed in the Conference. He completed 51.2% of his passes for 1348 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season.
WR Quincy Belanger (pictured) – he was a massive threat for the Hurricanes offence in 2021 and was named a Conference All-Star with 29 receptions for 459 yards and 3 touchdowns.
RB Jevante Stanley – he was a bruising back in 2021 that could fight for short yardage. He scored a touchdown on 27 carries for 173 yards. He also returned eight punts averaging 17.1 yards a return while returning four kick-offs including one-110 yards for a touchdown.
OL James Sides – he was the anchor and leader on the Hurricanes offensive line and leaves big cleats to fill. He was invited to the CFL Regional Ontario Combine.
K/P Jared Fernandez-Brown – percentage wise he was the Conference’s top field goal kicker knocking through 87% of his attempts and made all 17 of his convert attempts. When punting he averaged 28 yards a boot.
LB Chris Spencer – he was an important part of the Hurricanes defence shadowing the opposition’s quarterback limiting their yards running the football.
DB Doug DeBernardeaux – he didn’t give up much in the Hurricanes secondary and will be missed in 2022.
DL Quintin Cheveers – he put pressure in the opposition’s backfield often making them rush or alter their play call.
DL Bryan Mann – when on the field he would be watched very closely by the opposing offence trying to limit his play making abilities.
DL Austin Garlow-Henry – like Cheveers and Mann, he was an integral part of the Hurricanes battle in the trenches.
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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