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Things That Are Bryce

By Ryan Watters 07/10/2024, 9:00am PDT

Bryce Reuther is a Player to Watch

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The defending Cullen Cup champion Westshore Rebels will open their BC Conference title defence on July 20th.  It’s the first time they begin a title defence since 2017 and one player in particular is ready to do whatever he can to keep that Cup on the island. 

Linebacker Bryce Reuther is a local product who turned to the CJFL and the Rebels when the Simon Fraser University football program shutdown.  He has made the most of his opportunities, now entering his second CJFL campaign.   Last year he made 11 tackles, tallied three sacks, had a pair of interceptions and forced two fumbles. 

The strength of his game is the coverage he can provide on the defensive side.   He has the speed to track down a running back trying to get to the corner or the blow through an open hole to reach the quarterback as they drop back to pass.  His ability to read the field is one of the best on the Rebels and has served him well.

He is hoping his Rebels can have another successful season in defending their Cullen Cup.  His personal goal however happens even before the season starts as he is hoping to be named to the CJFL Top 50 list which will be announced on July 14th. 

In his first season with the Rebels last year there are several outstanding memories that he has. In picking just one that stands out, Reuther says his favourite play was during the first drive against the Langley Rams in their semi-final game.  He intercepted the very first pass the Rams tried to make as they were backed up in their own end.  His interception was very indicative of how he can read the whole field and his explosiveness to the ball. 

When remembering his favourite game from last year he goes back to the Cullen Cup championship against the Okanagan Sun.  After halftime Reuther and the Rebels defence took over the game and completely shutdown the Sun offence. Their performance punched their ticket to the 2023 Canadian Bowl.

The Rebels will open the new CJFL season on July 20th when they visit the Kamloops Broncos. 

Linebacker Bryce Reuther is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024!
 

 

CJFL Gone Campin'

By Ryan Watters 06/27/2024, 8:15am PDT

Find out when each CJFL team opens main camp

The CJFL is under 30 days until the kick-off of the 2024 season with the BC Conference opening on Saturday July 20th. 

There are three teams that have already kicked off their main training camp in preparation for the season.  The Langley Rams, Valley Huskers and Ottawa Sooners started this past week as each team is trying to get a jump on the season as their players battle for starting positions. 

The five other teams will open their training camps after Canada Day, including the defending Cullen Cup champion Westshore Rebels on July 2, 2024.

In Ontario the defending champion St. Clair Saints are the final team in the Conference to open camp on July 26th.  Following the Sooners, the Hamilton Hurricanes are next on July 2, then the London Beefeaters on July 9th. 

As for the Prairie Conference, their teams don’t open training camp until after the middle of July.  The Regina Thunder is the first to open on the 18th while the defending Canadian Bowl champion Saskatoon Hilltops are the final team in the CJFL to start their camp. They will kick off officially on July 28th. 

Here is a list of the CJFL teams and their first day of main camp:

Langley Rams – June 24
Valley Huskers – June 24
Ottawa Sooners – June 25
Okanagan Sun – July 1
Westshore Rebels – July 2
Hamilton Hurricanes – July 2
Kamloops Broncos – July 3
VI Raiders – July 3
Prince George Kodiaks – July 5
London Beefeaters – July 9
Regina Thunder – July 18
Calgary Colts – July 20
Quinte Skyhawks – July 22
Edmonton Huskies – July 22
Winnipeg Rifle – July 22
St. Clair Saints – July 26
Edmonton Wildcats – July 26
Saskatoon Hilltops – July 28
GTA Grizzlies – TBD

 

HEADCHECK Partnership Renewed

By Supplied 06/20/2024, 7:15am PDT

CJFL and HEADCHECK Extend Partnership Ensuring Highest Standard of Concussion Management

The Canadian Junior Football League ('CJFL') and HEADCHECK Health Inc. ('HEADCHECK') are thrilled to announce the extension of their partnership. This collaboration, in place since 2021, has empowered all teams across the CJFL to uphold the highest standards of concussion management, thanks to the robust digital platform provided by HEADCHECK and invaluable insights from aggregate data trends. 

Concussions pose a serious risk, potentially leading to life-altering brain injuries. According to Boston University, over 500,000 concussions affect 3 million youth football players annually. The CJFL and HEADCHECK are working together to eliminate the mismanagement of concussions. Evidence-based protocols are the foundation of concussion safety, when followed.

"The information and data we now have from HEADCHECK is very valuable," said Jim Pankovich, CJFL Commissioner. "With it, we can take proactive steps to improve player safety and measure the results. The results speak for themselves; it's hard to argue that the CJFL isn't a safer league today than before we started working with HEADCHECK." 

"Overall, using HEADCHECK has made it easier for medical staff to provide the best athlete-centered care for concussion management," said Allison Frenette, PFC Executive Player Health Consultant

"The CJFL is dedicated to ensuring the highest standard of concussion management across their league," said Harrison Brown, CEO of HEADCHECK. "Collaborating with league administrators, team medical personnel, and Dr. Czarnota has been instrumental in making the league as safe as possible for the players."

To learn more about how the CJFL has been able to track yearly safety improvements with HEADCHECK, read this recent case study HERE.