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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.
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The defending Prairie Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops will look very similar this upcoming season after losing just four players to graduation. Two other players have left to pursue their education at the University of Regina and will play for the Rams in 2022.
The four players that have graduated from the Hilltops have joined the CJFL Graduating Class of 2021.
LB Emmarae Dale – she played just one season with the Hilltops but what a season it was. She made history as the first female player to ever play in a CJFL regular season game. She finished the historic campaign with a tackle, three assisted stops, three special teams tackles and an assisted special teams tackle.
DB Jared Giddings (pictured) – he was a leader in the Hilltops secondary in 2021 compiling 16 tackles, two knockdowns and had three assisted tackles.
OL Mason Ochs (pictured) – he graduates as one of the most highly decorated offensive linemen in CJFL history. He is a four-time All-Canadian, a four-time Conference All-Star and four-time Canadian Bowl champion. He leaves big cleats to fill.
OL Jonathan Chisholm – another major piece of the Hilltops offensive line that was able to blow open holes for the run game while protecting his quarterback on passing plays.
The Hilltops will open the 2022 season at home on August 14th when they host the Winnipeg Rifles.