City hosts ju­nior foot­ball

Hamil­ton, Windsor to play CJFL game Satur­day at Bisons North Park com­plex

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he signed with the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers. “He came di­rectly from us.” Play­ers, such as Coates, make the league strong, said Sa­muel.

“The level of play is fan­tas­tic,” he said. “A lot of th­ese guys have been in univer­sity foot­ball pro­grams. For what­ever rea­son, they’re not there any­more. “There’s a lot of great play­ers.” The Hur­ri­canes in­clude five play­ers who played for the Bisons mi­nor teams - Matt Ver­brugge, Austin Wa­ge­naar, Ty Kelly, Carter Walsh and David Adeni­ran.

Adeni­ran is a 21-year-old North Park Col­le­giate grad­u­ate who re­cently com­pleted his stud­ies at Ni­a­gara Col­lege, where he earned an as­so­ciate de­gree in sports man­age­ment.

In his two years with the Hur­ri­canes, Adeni­ran has been out be­cause some of the younger play­ers com­ing up are go­ing to be a lit­tle cheaper. The (salary) cap hasn’t gone up a lot the last few years and it just seems as it inches along with the salaries of the topend guys go­ing up, guys who seem to be pay­ing the price are the mid­dle guys.”

While most play­ers on try­outs are try­ing to ex­tend their ca­reer, 37-year-old Ryan Malone is us­ing one to at­tempt a come­back.

Malone last suited up in the NHL in 2014-15 with the Rangers, but is at­tend­ing Min­nesota train­ing camp. im­pressed with the league.

“I like the level of com­pe­ti­tion,” said Adeni­ran, a five-foot­seven, 175-pound tail­back, who is among the OFC’s lead­ers in rush­ing. “Some CFL teams re­cruit out of our league so there has to be a good level of com­pe­ti­tion for that to hap­pen.”

Satur­day’s game is tak­ing place in Brant­ford be­cause Hamil­ton, which nor­mally plays out of Tim Hor­tons Field, didn’t have a place to play. And Sa­muel has a his­tory with Kelly Ire­land, Bisons vi­cepres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions.

Ire­land said he hopes the game will give lo­cal play­ers some­thing else to shoot for.

“A lot of kids think that if they’re not go­ing to univer­sity, they can’t play foot­ball any­more,” Ire­land said. “This will give them some more ideas. They can see how good the foot­ball is and how good the Hur­ri­canes pro­gram is.

“They can un­der­stand there is an­other op­por­tu­nity.”

Satur­day’s game show­cases a “big ri­valry,” said Adeni­ran.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the game. Hope­fully, we can get a big crowd out, not just to sup­port the Brant­ford play­ers but the whole team in gen­eral.”

Windsor is 4-1 and Hamil­ton is 3-1.

“My whole fo­cus is to bring my best,” said Adeni­ran.

As for bring­ing a ju­nior foot­ball team to Brant­ford, Ire­land said the idea has crossed his mind.

“I haven’t looked at the cost of it but ob­vi­ously we have a fa­cil­ity now we could play it in,” he said. “It would take you a cou­ple of years to get up and run­ning and to be able to re­cruit.

“There al­ways could be a pos­si­bil­ity but at this time there’s noth­ing def­i­nite.”

Ad­mis­sion to Satur­day’s game is $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren and se­niors.

Cur­rent Bisons play­ers wear­ing their jer­seys will be ad­mit­ted free.

Mean­time, sev­eral high pro­file free agents, in­clud­ing Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Brian Gionta, Jiri Hudler and Den­nis Wide­man, aren’t go­ing to camp on try­outs.

De­fence­man James Wis­niewski, who spent 2016-17 with Chicago of the Amer­i­can Hockey League, is hop­ing to gen­er­ate some buzz on so­cial me­dia.

“Still look­ing for a job or an op­por­tu­nity, any­one want a for­mer 50 PT right handed d man lol #nhl #olympics,” he tweeted on Sept. 5, be­fore fol­low­ing up two days later with: “Might have some­thing last chance peo­ple.”

For­mer Brant­ford Bisons mi­nor foot­ball player David Adeni­ran now plays for the Cana­dian Ju­nior Foot­ball League's Hamil­ton Hur­ri­canes. Adeni­ran and four for­mer Bisons will be back in Brant­ford on Satur­day as the Hur­ri­canes host the Windsor AKO Frat­men in a 4 p.m. reg­u­lar-sea­son game at Bisons Alumni North Park Sports Com­plex.

Brooks Laich, then of the Toronto Maple Leafs, dur­ing a pre-game skate at SaskTel Cen­tre be­fore fac­ing the Ottawa Se­na­tors, on Oct. 4, 2016. Af­ter spend­ing last sea­son buried in the mi­nors in Toronto, Laich is one of many vet­er­ans look­ing for an­other shot at the NHL.

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