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.
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The Edmonton Huskies will no doubt be in the mix in the Prairie Conference once again in 2022 and will look to host their first Canadian Bowl since 2004.
After a terrific season in 2021 the Huskies lose three players to graduation, and they leave large cleats to fill particularly on the offensive side.
QB Declan O’Flaherty – he’s arguably the biggest graduate for the Huskies after leading most of the Conference categories last season. He led with 138 completions, 234 attempts, 2115 yards, and 19 touchdowns.
RB Brandt Burzuk – he has been a lethal weapon for the Huskies out of the backfield over his career, unfortunately missing out on last season due to an injury. In 2019 he was named an All-Canadian galloping 824 yards on 129 carries and scored six touchdowns.
LB Jack Jones – he will be missed on the Huskies defence this season after making 14 solo tackles and two assisted stops in 2021.
The Huskies will open the season on Sunday August 14th when they visit the Calgary Colts. They won’t host their home opener until Week 3 when they welcome the Regina Thunder on August 28th.
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The Calgary Colts are preparing for the 2022 season but do have some big holes to fill specifically at the linebacker position. In total, five linebackers have graduated including the team’s best player as they all join the CJFL Grad Class of 2021 along with an important offensive weapon.
LB Austin Daisy – he’s the biggest graduate for the Colts after a season in which he was named the CJFL Larry Wruck Defensive Player of the Year. He led the CJFL with 55 solo tackles, collected 14 assisted tackles, 2.5 sacks, had a knockdown, forced a fumble and even intercepted a pass returning in 52 yards last season alone.
TE Brandon MacIsaac – the former Rookie of the Year has been an important offensive piece for the Colts for the last several years. In 2021 he averaged over 10 yards with each reception, hauling in 22 passes, three of them for touchdowns.
LB TJ Bucel – he’s another linebacker that graduates from the Colts after a solid performance in 2021 making 23 tackles, four assisted stops, recovered a fumble and knocked down a pass.
LB Jake Erickson – he was an important linebacker for the Colts last season and was able to make an impact with the offences focused on Daisy. In 2021 Erickson made nine tackles, and 1.5 sacks and had a knockdown.
LB Cam Monds – he had a quiet season in 2021 but his energy will be missed on the Colts roster this season. Last year he blocked a kick, forced a fumble and had a pair of tackles on special teams.
LB Jonathan Odera – after two seasons with the Colts he has graduated from the program and will be missed in 2022.