Several ex-Hawk players have decided to take their game to the BCFL this season, showcasing an opportunity outside of university to extend their careers in the game.
2011 Hawk quarterback grads Cam Bedore and Braden Churly are taking advantage of the opportunity to start for their respective teams, as fresh rookies to the league. Bedore’s role as starting quarterback for strong perennial contenders the Okanagan Sun was sudden and unexpected, as the team lost its returning quarterback just days before the opening exhibition game.
Churly’s starting quarterback role for his hometown Chilliwack Huskers will be a good re-adjustment back into the game, as he returns to football after taking a year off pursuing work opportunities. The Huskers are admittedly struggling to re-build after several years of discouraging results and a dwindling roster, but with a new ex-CFL-player head coach, optimism is building and Churly is excited to be part of the solution. Joining Churly are Gurtaj Bhangu, Jason Ghag, Robert Kambere, Kasongo Gary Lumeka and Kris Bush.
Looking like early favorites to challenge for the league title this year, the Langley Rams are loaded up with four former Hawk starters, led by veteran kicker Nick Naylor, who is in his second year kicking for the Rams after spending a season at the University of Manitoba.
All-star Hawk running back from 2010 Drew Tanner Chung has returned to the game in fine form after two years away and is already making significant contributions on special teams.
After playing one season with the Huskers, 2011 defensive back Tanner Hamade has transferred to the Rams and hopes to continue making the game-changing interceptions that earned him BCFL Defensive Player of the Week honours last season.
2012 grad All-Star receiver Deion Bain has opted to forgo his University of Saskatchewan scholarship offer to stay and play locally with the Rams.Not all the teams have their full rosters posted as of this article, so if we have missed any other former Hawks, please let me know.