The Burlington Braves

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The Burlington Braves

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        The Burlington Braves were a Canadian junior football league team, founded in 1958 in Burlington, Ontario. Former Hamilton Tiger Cat, and Canadian Football Hall of famer, Bernie Custis, took over as head coach in 1965. The Burlington Braves played in the Ontario Football Conference of the Canadian Junior Football League and represented the east in the Canadian Final during the years 1967, 1970 and 1971.

        Other notable Canadian Football Hall of Fame players, Tony Gabriel, Peter Dalla Riva and John Bonk, started their football careers with the Braves.

        Moving into the 1980’s the Burlington Braves Organization continued but changed the name of the team to the Burlington Junior Tiger Cats. In 1988 and 1989 the Junior Ti-Cats reached the Canadian Final again but failed to bring home the National Championship. As the 1990’s began, the team reclaimed their old name, and nearly a dedicate later, in 1998, the Burlington Braves returned to the Canadian final, hosted in their home city, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

        The team folded in February of 2016.


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