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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.
The CJFL and Prairie Conference (PFC) have released their 2022 schedule that will see the six-member Conference open the CJFL season on August 14, 2022 with a full slate of games.
The Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops begin their title defence that afternoon at 1:00pm when they host the Winnipeg Rifles. The Regina Thunder who finished as the top seed in 2021 open their season at home when they welcome the Edmonton Wildcats at 1:00pm and the Calgary Colts entertain the Edmonton Huskies at 1:00pm as well.
The teams are scheduled to play an eight-week regular season concluding on October 16th. The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final scheduled for Sunday October 30th.
The winner of the Prairie finale will receive a bye week before hosting the 2022 Canadian Bowl on Saturday November 12th. It’s the first national final hosted in the Prairie Conference since the Hilltops hosted the Langley Rams in 2018.
The BC and Ontario Conferences continue to work on their schedules and do anticipate releasing them in the coming weeks.
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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