Canadian Junior gridiron set for weekend kickoff

The 2008 Canadian Junior Football League season sees the revival of a historic and storied franchise, the Hamilton Hurricanes. Hamilton returns to play in the Ontario Football Conference after a 13 year absence.

The Canes’ are led by former players president Brian Copeland and head coach Jason Hayes.

As usual, the British Columbia Football Conference leads off the CJFL schedule. The BCFC will feature three games this Saturday.The two time defending BCFC champion Vancouver Island Raiders will be hosts to the Victoria Rebels at Caledonia Park at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m. at Hillside Stadium the South Surrey Rams visit the Kamloops Broncos. The Chilliwack Huskers travel to Burnaby Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. kick off against the Vancouver Trojans.

The three CJFL conferences are comprised of 18 teams in total: seven in the BCFC, six in the PFC, and five in the OFC.

The 2008 Canadian Bowl will be hosted by the OFC champion on Saturday Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.

The CJFL 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 friends.