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Canadian Junior Football League

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Sport  Canadian football
Commissioner  Jim Pankovich
Founded  1974
Country  Canada
Motto  "A Canadian Tradition Since 1887"
No. of teams  20 teams, split into 3 conferences (two with 6 teams and one with 8 teams)

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), formed May 8, 1974 is a national amateur Canadian football league consisting of 19 teams playing in six provinces across Canada. The teams compete annually for the Canadian Bowl. Many CJFL players moved on to professional football careers in the CFL and elsewhere.

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The CJFL's formal mission statement is: "The Canadian Junior Football League provides the opportunity for young men aged 17 to 22 to participate in highly competitive post-high school football that is unique in Canada. The goal of the league is to foster community involvement and yield a positive environment by teaching discipline, perseverance and cooperation. The benefits of the league are strong camaraderie, national competition and life-long [sic] friends."

A handful of standout players are typically signed directly to CFL rosters each season, while Canadian Interuniversity Sport permits up to two years of play in leagues such as the CJFL before a player begins to lose eligibility.

The 9-team Quebec Junior Football League was formerly part of the CJFL, but eventually withdrew and now operates independently. Meanwhile, The Ontario Football Conference (OFC) consists of two divisions: Varsity Division (ages 11 to 19) and Junior Division (ages 17 to 24). While the Junior Division remains affiliated to the CJFL and its teams compete for the Canadian Bowl, the Varsity Division is operated solely by the OFC.

Defunct teams

  • Niagara Regional Raiders (St. Catharines, Ontario)
  • GTA Bears (2012-2013, Brampton, Ontario)
  • Brampton Bears (2009-2011, Brampton, Ontario)
  • Abbotsford Air Force (Abbotsford, B.C.)
  • North Vancouver Argos (North Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Richmond Raiders (1978-1992, Richmond, B.C.)
  • Tri-City Bulldogs (Vancouver Meralomas, 1925-1990, then 1991-2004 in Coquitlam, B.C.)
  • Vancouver Trojans (Renfrew Trojans 1974-1993) (Burnaby, B.C.)
  • Red Deer Packers (Red Deer, Alberta)
  • Calgary Mohawks (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Calgary Cougars (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Medicine Hat Rattlers (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
  • Regina Rams (Regina, Saskatchewan, moved to the CIS)
  • Rosemount Bombers (Montreal, Quebec),
  • Fort Garry Lions (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • St. Vital Mustangs (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Winnipeg Hawkeyes (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Winnipeg Rods (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Brampton Satellites (Brampton, Ontario)
  • Brantford Bisons (Brantford, Ontario)
  • Cornwall Emards (Cornwall, Ontario)
  • Oshawa Hawkeyes (Oshawa, Ontario)
  • Ottawa Junior Riders (Ottawa, Ontario, moved back to the QJFL after 2005)
  • Sault Ste. Marie Storm (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
  • Thunder Bay Giants (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
  • Chateauguay Ramblers (Chateauguay, Quebec)
  • Laval Scorpions (Laval, Quebec)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Grace Maple Leafs (Montreal, Quebec, merged with the Verdun Invictus, renamed to the Verdun Maple Leafs, then the Montreal Junior Alouettes, and finally the Montreal Junior Concordes)
  • St. Hubert Rebelles (Saint-Hubert, Quebec)
  • Verdun Shamcats (Verdun, Quebec)
  • Ville-Émard Juveniles (Ville-Émard, Quebec)
  • Champions by city since 1947

    Leader-Post Trophy, 1908-1973; Armadale Cup, 1974-1988; Canadian Bowl, 1989-present.

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Saskatoon Hilltops 19 times, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1985, 1978, 1969, 1968, 1959, 1958, 1953.
  • Regina, Saskatchewan - 16 times, Regina Rams 15 times, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1987, 1986, 1981, 1980, 1976, 1975, 1973, 1971, 1970, 1966; Regina Thunder 1 time, 2013.
  • Edmonton, Alberta - 8 times, Edmonton Huskies 2005, 2004, 1964, 1963, 1962; Edmonton Wildcats 1983, 1977, 1967.
  • Hamilton, Ontario - 5 times, Hamilton Hurricanes 1972; Hamilton Jr. Tiger Cats 1951, 1950; Hamilton Jr. Wildcats 1949, 1948.
  • Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Sooners 4 times, 1992, 1984, 1979, 1974.
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia - Vancouver Island Raiders 3 times, 2009, 2008, 2006.
  • Windsor, Ontario - Windsor AKO Fratmen 3 times, 1999, 1954, 1952.
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba - Winnipeg Rods 3 times, 1961, 1956, 1955.
  • Kelowna, British Columbia - Okanagan Sun 2 times, 2000, 1988.
  • Calgary, Alberta - Calgary Colts 2 times, 1990, 1989.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia - 2 times, Renfrew Trojans 1982; Vancouver Blue Bombers 1947.
  • Montreal, Quebec - 2 times, Notre-Dame-de-Grace Maple Leafs 1965; Montreal Rosemount Bombers 1960.
  • Toronto, Ontario - Toronto Parkdale Lions 1 time, 1957.
  • The national championship was contested from 1908-1946 with breaks for the World Wars and an additional break in the mid-1930s. In these years the championship was won by teams from Toronto (7 times), Montreal (6 times), Hamilton (4 times), Regina (2 times), and once each by Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa, Petrolia, St. Thomas, Woodstock, and London.

    References

    Canadian Junior Football League Wikipedia


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