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Hurricanes Open New Chapter

By Supplied 12/07/2022, 7:00am PST

Barry Emo is named the new head coach

The Hamilton Hurricanes have announced Barry Emo as their new head coach after Jason Hayes stepped down after an incredible career. 

“I’m very excited to be a part of this great organization and I’m looking forward to continuing the great tradition of the Hamilton Hurricanes,” said Emo.

He joins the Hurricanes with over 40 years of playing and coaching experience at all levels of football.  He started his playing career with Thistletown Collegiate then moved onto the CJFL to play for the Brampton Satellites and the Etobicoke Argonauts.  Emo played for Northeast Missouri State (DII) on a scholarship and spent time on the practice rosters of the Ottawa Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.

Coach Emo spent 10 years coaching in the Northern Football Conference (NFC) with the Mission Marauders, Oakville Longhorns and Steel City Patriots.   He won a provincial title and national championship in 2004 with Milton and has the highest winning percentage in NFC history.  Emo was named the Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2017 and was inducted into the NFC Hall of Fame in 2014.  He has also coached with the Guelph Gryphons of the OUA in Ontario, Nelson High School in Burlington as defensive line coach and defensive coordinator and won the OFSAA Independence Bowl in 2019.

“The staff that we are putting together has so much potential and upside,” continued Emo.  “The staff is full of talent from all levels of football in Canada and our goal is to win a Canadian Bowl championship, but more impactful than that, we want to develop football players and good quality people to make a difference in our communities.  We have all the necessary tools to lay the groundwork for a title run.”

Team President Mike Samuel is looking forward to what Coach Emo and his staff bring to the storied franchise.  “The appointment of Barry Emo as our new head coach brings renewed optimism for 2023 and the future of Hurricanes football.  His background speaks for itself, and we are excited to see him at work next season.”

The Hurricanes 2023 schedule will be released sometime in the spring.

CJFL Major Award Winners

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 11/11/2022, 6:45pm PST

The best of the best from 2022

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce their Outstanding Player Award winners for the 2022 season.  The awards were handed out Friday night at the Celebration of Excellence in Regina, SK.

The award winners are:

Gordon Currie Coach of the Year
Scott MacAulay – Regina Thunder – for the second straight season Scott is named the Gordon Currie Coach of the Year after leading his club to a 10-0 record and has his team back in the Canadian Bowl for the first time since 2013.

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Receiver/Returner – Charles Sawi – Saskatoon Hilltops
As a rookie on a storied franchise he carried the ball 25 times for 224 yards and had two touchdowns.  He also returned five missed field gaols for 271 yards and one incredible 125 yard touchdown return

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Linebacker Zachary Chaddock – Hamilton Hurricanes
He blasted into the Ontario Conference with 36 tackles, 10 assisted stops, half a sack, had an interception, 2 knockdowns, 2 forced fumbles and had a fumble recovery

Special Teams Player of the Year
Kicker AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters
He booted a CJFL high 19 field goals including his longest of 49 yards and connected on 21 of 22 convert attempts.  He also punted the ball 49 times, collecting four singles and averaged 33.6 yards each kick

Larry Wruck Outstanding Defensive Player
Linebacker Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops
He led the stingiest Prairie Conference defence with 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns and 4 interceptions

Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player
Quarterback Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels
He led the Rebels offensively completing 169 of 305 passes for 2864 yards and 28 touchdowns

CJFL Past Commissioners Award
OL Kevin Ricard – London Beefeaters

CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year
Craig Briere – Prince George Kodiaks 

CJFL Life Member
Sue Fournier – Westshore Rebels

Rick Smoke Community Involvement Award
Regina Thunder

The 114th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 12, at 1:00pm at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK

BROADCAST INFO
Watch the pay per view Canadian Bowl broadcast HERE

First-Team All-Canadians

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) 11/10/2022, 10:00am PST

The best players from the 2022 season

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the First-Team All-Canadians for the 2022 season.

Offensive Line
Jayson Kehler – Saskatoon Hilltops
Connor Klassen – Regina Thunder
Isaiah Letander – Valley Huskers
Corey Levesque – St. Clair Saints
Jeff Vander Werff – Okanagan Sun

Receivers
Isaac Foord – Regina Thunder – 40 receptions for 638 yards and 8 touchdowns

Jared Hayes-Williams – St. Clair Saints - 33 receptions for 617 yards and 6 touchdowns

Kieran Poissant – Westshore Rebels – 44 receptions for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns

Rylan Sokul – Regina Thunder – 44 receptions for 669 yards and 4 touchdowns

Running Backs
Taz Bell – London Beefeaters - 86 carries for 554 yards and three touchdowns

Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies – 150 carries for 923 yards and 10 touchdowns 

Quarterback
Te Jessie – Westshore Rebels – 169 of 305 for 2864 yards, 28 touchdowns and completed 55% of his passes

Punter
Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder – 41 punts averaging 34.5 yards and 1 single

Place Kicker
AJ Williamson – London Beefeaters - 19 of 25 in field goals, 76% with his longest being 49 yards, 21 of 22 in coverts

Defensive Line
Dylan Clarke – London Beefeaters - 23 tackles, 9 assists, 6.5 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 5 knockdowns, 2 fumble recoveries with 1 for a touchdown

Riece Kack – Saskatoon Hilltops – 20 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Reece McCormick – Regina Thunder- 16 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks

Kelon Thomas – Okanagan Sun – 11.5 sacks, 19 tackles, 1 blocked kick, 1 knockdown, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Linebackers
Jaiden Claassen – Valley Huskers – 43 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Konner Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops – 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 4 interceptions 

Isaiah Joseph – Hamilton Hurricanes - 43 tackles, 11 assists, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Defensive Backs
Sean Adams – VI Raiders – 34 tackles, 2 blocked kicks, 3 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions

Damien Bucknor – Calgary Colts – 36 tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions 

Keagan Curtis – Kamloops Broncos – 9 interceptions, 28 tackles, 2 knockdowns

Justin McKerracher – Regina Thunder – 5 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown, 16 tackles, 6 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery 

Nathanial Norton – St. Clair Saints - 12 tackles, 2 assists, 4 interceptions, 2 knockdowns

Return Specialist
Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun – 44 punt returns, 649 yards and 3 touchdowns, 14 kick-off returns for 362 yards

The CJFL Major Award winners will be announced on Friday at the Celebration of Excellence.