For the first time in its long history the CJFL will see teams from the Prairie Conference (PFC) battle teams from the Ontario Conference (OFC) in regular season action as six Interconference games have been scheduled. Two of those games will involve the local Hamilton Hurricanes, with the team playing one game out west and hosting another game locally.
Last season the CJFL hosted a pair of successful inter-conference games between teams in the BC Football Conference and teams in the Prarie Football Conference.
With the Ontario Football Conference rejoining the league for the 2017 season, this year’s inter-conference games will feature a total of 10 teams involved in six games beginning Saturday August 12th.
The Regina Thunder will meet the reigning OFC champion Hamilton Hurricanes when the ‘Canes host the Thunder from Tim Horton’s Field on Saturday August 26th. It will be the first meeting between CJFL teams in the two cities in 25 years. The last time they met was the 1993 Canadian Bowl in Regina where the then Rams won 23-11. These two also met in the 1975 Armadale Cup (now Canadian Bowl) in which the Rams were victorious 38-19. Looking back even further the the Hurricanes defeated Regina in the 1972 Leader Post Trophy game (now Canadian Bowl) 33-8.
On September 23rd the Hurricanes travel west to meet the Edmonton Wildcats for the first time in exactly 40 years. Back in the 1977 Armadale Cup the Wildcats shutout the Hurricanes 28-0 in their only other meeting to win the national title.
The full schedule for the Hamilton Hurricanes and the entire Canadian Junior Football league will be released Thursday at 10:00 AM.