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By BCFC 01/02/2023, 9:15am PST

The Okanagan Sun winning the organization’s 3rd national championship was a good bet to be the #1 story of the 2022 season.

From the Sun’s perspective the win included two firsts, it was the Okanagan’s first ever win against a Saskatchewan opponent on prairie soil. The 14-0 season is also the first time a CJFL team has gone 14-0 on route to the Canadian Bowl. (the BCFC is the only conference where this is possible as the conference plays 10 games).

From a BCFC perspective the Sun securing the conference’s 2nd straight title after the Langley Rams turned the trick last season was also important. While BCFC franchises compete against each other every season, the conference also competes as a whole in the pursuit of players from across the country.

With only 42 high school teams in the province and the no draft process, recruiting beyond BC borders is vital to the on field success of our teams.

While the Canadian Bowl sits in the Okanagan Sun trophy case, BCFC back to back is good news for all our teams.

McCallum & Harris

By BCFC 01/02/2023, 9:00am PST

BCFC alumni Paul McCallum and Andrew Harris were a generation of players apart in the conference. Paul was Mr. Automatic when he kicked for the Surrey Rams from 1991 through 1993, he was pretty physical as kickers go as well. While today’s juniors may not know that McCallum has BCFC roots they know full well of Andrew Harris’ dominance in the league for 5 seasons (2005-2009) that included 3 Canadian Bowls.

Although McCallum and Harris never crossed paths in junior due to their age difference, their stories would intertwine afterward as they were teammates on the 2011 Grey Cup champion BC Lions.

Both athletes brought attention to the BCFC during their pro careers as their direct paths to the CFL would often be mentioned on CFL broadcasts and media coverage.

The fact that both would become CFL icons at their positions and both make headlines the same year is what makes them our #2 story of the year.

Paul McCallum, the #2 all time leading scorer in the CFL was this year named to the BC Lions Ring of Honour and named to the CFL Hall of Fame. Paul retired from the league in 2016 following a prolific 23 year career and two Grey Cups

Andrew Harris became the first Canadian born running back to eclipse 10,000 career yards this season, capping off a stellar 2022 that saw him win his 4th Grey Cup. It’s only a matter of time before Harris joins McCallum in the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame.

Paul McCallum & Andrew Harris showed what that extra work and determination, coupled with skill can accomplish. Congratulations gentlemen! And thank you for putting more eyes on the BCFC and showing another era of players how to do it.

Top stories 0f 2022

By BCFC 01/02/2023, 8:50am PST

Streaming BCFC games is an important part of our team and conference operations. For the BCFC, making it possible for fans and family to follow the team is even more important than in the PFC and OFC because so many of our players are from different cities. In the BCFC it’s not just about local fans being able to follow the team on the road, it’s a valuable tool for some fans to see any games at all.

Turning the broadcasts into money makers for our non profit franchises is the goal, but in many cases breaking even is the net result.

4 years ago the conference created a single platform BCFCTV.com so that all team broadcasts would be in one place and fans wouldn't have to search the internet for the specific game.

In 2022 we took the next step with a weekly game of the week on TELUS on a dedicated BCFC channel allowing TELUS customers to watch the games for free. This also provided our clubs an opportunity for increased sponsorship revenues.

#BCFConTELUS1999 proved such a success that it’s likely the number of games streamed to TELUS will be increasing in 2023.

Stay tuned…

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