The Canadian Junior Football League has determined that it is not feasible to operate a regular season or playoffs for the 2020 season. Our focus and attention will now be on our return to play plan for the 2021 season.
“It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators”, stated CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, the CJFL has followed all public health guidelines and will continue to support them in the future. Unfortunately, at this stage, return to play guidelines do not allow for large enough gatherings to make training and competition safe for our athletes. Despite our hope that the situation in Canada would improve and allow for the CJFL to proceed with the 2020 season, the health and safety challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing risk to our players, coaches and staffs make it unfeasible for the CJFL teams to compete in 2020.
"Our teams play an important role in their communities. All CJFL teams will continue to engage with their players and communities as regional public health regulations allow." continued Pankovich.
We look forward to returning to competition in 2021.
Photo courtesy of the Edmonton Wildcats
Veteran leadership on the offensive line is one of the most important combinations in football regardless of level.
The Edmonton Wildcats have been fortunate to have Mike Rea in the middle of their line for the last four seasons. His leadership has helped other players on the line grow into their positions and roles with the team.
This upcoming season will be Mike’s fifth and final and he like everyone is hoping for a 2020 season.
He’s at home and tells us which NFL player he would love to spend a day with, along with what TV show he would star in …. May the force be with you Mike!
Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
Each week the CJFL will celebrate one of the legendary coaches that have graced our sidelines in the past and the present. There have been hundreds of coaches over the years stretching from British Columbia to Quebec that have all contributed to not only the success of the players on the field, but helping them grow into men and successful citizens off the field.
The very first coach the CJFL needs to recognize is a no brainer as he has constructed a dynasty in Saskatoon. Tom Sargeant has been the head coach of the Hilltops for 22 seasons and part of their coaching staff for 29 straight years. Under his leadership this dynasty has won seven of the last eight Canadian Bowl titles and 13 in total, his first in 2001.
Over the course of his 22 regular seasons, “Sarge” has captured more wins than any other coach in CJFL history at 154 and counting. His team is currently on a 31 game winning streak with their last loss on September 9, 2017 to the Regina Thunder by only three points. Their last playoff loss was the 2013 PFC championship game.
Sarge, who will coach in his 23rd season this year, is in a class of his own when it comes to wins and championships in the CJFL and is most deserving of CJFL Legendary status.