The CJFL and BC Conference are in mourning following the loss of two legends in the junior football world.
Both Ken Smith and Norm Jones have been instrumental in the success of the BC Conference and will be sorely missed. They were gentlemen and absolute treasures in the development of junior football in British Columbia.
Ken Smith was named a CJFL Life Member in 1993 and held the same distinction within the BC Conference. The Executive of the Year award in the BC Conference is named after Ken and has been for quite sometime. During his tenure as the Surrey Rams President, he is credited for saving the team during tough times in the 1980s and secured the grant necessary to build the lights on Bear Creek practice fields in North Surrey.
Ken is a decorated war veteran who served with the Cameron Highlanders of Canada in WW II and a survivor of the Dieppe Raid on the coast of France.
Ken was 103.
Norm Jones was named a CJFL Life Member in 2000 and holds the same distinction in the BC Conference after being the longtime Treasurer and Director. He worked tirelessly to help build the Conference as an incredible volunteer, always eager to help.
In 2011 he was the recipient of the Sport BC President’s Award for his dedication to amateur football within the BC Conference.
Norm was 87.
“Both men were incredible people,” says CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich. “They were truly gentlemen and their loss will be felt across the country within junior football. Our thoughts are with their families.”
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Last season saw a complete transformation of Isaiah Letander of the Valley Huskers and now he’s part of the Class of 2023.
During the 2021 season Letander was a big punishing body on the Huskers defensive line. He aggravated the opposing offences and collected nine tackles, a sack and forced a fumble. He made such an impact he was named a BC Conference All-Star.
Fast forward to 2022 and Letander decided to flip positions and move to the offensive line and he didn’t miss a beat. He had to learn different schemes, blocking positioning and a very extensive Huskers playbook, and it seemed like he didn’t have an issue. He became one of the best offensive linemen in the Conference and was named a CJFL First Team All-Canadian!
He has the speed and agility to get out and lead the running back with a big block and the strength to blow open a hole to give the back an easier path for extra yardage.
Isaiah Letander of the Valley Huskers is part of the CJFL Class of 2023. Click HERE to watch his All-Canadian highlights.
It’s the unofficial kick-off to the 2023 season!
As of February 1st, all CJFL teams are able to sign up to 10 players to their upcoming roster with a “Letter of Intent,” (LOI). Once an LOI is signed the player agrees, should they play in the CJFL for the 2023 season, they are bound to that team which is stipulated in the LOI agreement.
Before entering the LOI agreement the player signing cannot already be committed to another team or on a protected list within the CJFL.
If a player decides not to continue with that particular team after signing the LOI, they can be released from that commitment by the team. However the team does not have to agree to release that player until the LOI expires on the 15th of September.
These LOIs are used by teams for several different reasons, the main one is to obviously sign a big recruit and have a commitment to their roster for that season. Signing an important recruit can also encourage other players to give that team serious consideration if they are on the fence of which CJFL team to join.
The LOIs began several years ago in the BC Conference, but now all 19 teams take advantage of getting a commitment before National Signing Day on June 1st.
Follow along on social media to see which players have agreed to an LOI for the upcoming CJFL season.