History & Alumni
In 1958 the Burlington Braves CJFL football team was founded in Burlington, Ontario where they played for 57 years. Legendary CFL Hall of Fame players Tony Gabriel and Peter Dalla Riva are both Braves alumni.
Following the 2015 season, President Larry Irish and Head Coach Brad Anderson requested that the Braves move to Niagara to start the 2016 season. With 20 high school senior/varsity football programs, Niagara College and Brock University in the area, moving the team to Niagara was an easy decision. The decision to change the team’s nickname from Braves to Raiders was made to honor the previous CJFL team to compete in Niagara, also called the Niagara Regional Raiders.
The Raiders compete in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). The CJFL, formed May 8, 1974, is a national amateur Canadian football league consisting of 19 teams playing in six provinces across Canada. The teams compete annually for the Canadian Bowl. A handful of standout players are typically signed directly to CFL rosters each season, while Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) permits up to two years of play in leagues such as the CJFL before a player begins to lose eligibility.
The CJFL’s formal mission statement is “The Canadian Junior Football League provides the opportunity for young men aged 19 to 23 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.”
Our recruitment commitment to the future Raiders players, whether they attend one of the 20 regional high schools, Niagara College or Brock University, has to be at the highest level possible. We work diligently to respect the student athlete’s time and priorities regarding his commitment to both school and football.
St. Catharines Raiders
1977: Mike Skene, Dave Farr, John Williams, Pete Fulton
Woody Weathers and Wayne Williams
1992: Team including Kevin Nightrain, Gino Arcaro, James Ducksworth, Shaun Harris, Tony Day and Stafford Wilson
1988: OFC Champs Mike Cappiello and Jeff White