Canadian Junior Football League

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Canadian Junior Football League
Cjfl logo.jpg
Sport Canadian football
Founded 1974
CEO Jim Pankovich
Motto "A Canadian Tradition Since 1883"
No. of teams 20 teams, split into 3 conferences (two with 6 teams and one with 8 teams)
Country Canada
Most recent champion(s) Regina Thunder
Official website CJFL.net

The Canadian Junior Football League, 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 have gone on to professional football careers in the CFL and elsewhere.

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.

Current Teams[edit]

Ontario Football Conference[edit]

Team Location Stadium
GTA Grizzlies Toronto, Ontario Father Henry Carr Turf Field
Burlington Braves Burlington, Ontario Nelson Stadium
Hamilton Hurricanes Hamilton, Ontario Tim Hortons Field
London Beefeaters London, Ontario TD Waterhouse Stadium
Ottawa Sooners Ottawa, Ontario Keith Harris Stadium
St. Leonard Cougars Montreal, Quebec Stade Hebert
Twin Cities Predators Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Knight-Newbrough Field
Windsor AKO Fratmen Windsor, Ontario University of Windsor Stadium

Prairie Football Conference[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Calgary Colts Calgary, Alberta McMahon Stadium
Edmonton Huskies Edmonton, Alberta Clarke Stadium
Edmonton Wildcats Edmonton, Alberta Clarke Stadium
Regina Thunder Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium
Saskatoon Hilltops Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Gordie Howe Bowl
Winnipeg Rifles Winnipeg, Manitoba Investors Group Field

British Columbia Football Conference[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Chilliwack Huskers Chilliwack, British Columbia Exhibition Stadium
Kamloops Broncos Kamloops, British Columbia Hillside Stadium
Langley Rams Langley, British Columbia MacLeod Stadium
Okanagan Sun Kelowna, British Columbia Apple Bowl
Vancouver Island Raiders Nanaimo, British Columbia Caledonia Park
Westshore Rebels Victoria, British Columbia Bear Mountain Stadium

Defunct Teams[edit]

Champions by city since 1947[edit]

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

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.

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