Quen­neville canned by Black­hawks, Col­li­ton pro­moted

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The fate of a fifth-place team was not top of mind when the CFL cre­ated its cross­over rule more than two decades ago. It’s some­thing the league may want to con­sider for the fu­ture.

The rule gives a fourth­place team a cross­over play­off spot when the club fin­ishes with more points than the third-place team in the other di­vi­sion. It hap­pened again this year when the B.C. Li­ons (9-9) fin­ished with a bet­ter record The group propos­ing a CFL team for Hal­i­fax is ex­pected to launch a sea­son ticket drive. To get a fran­chise off the ground, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will need to cul­ti­vate sup­port­ers. B.C.’S Davon Cole­man (90) tries to stop Ed­mon­ton’s Mike Reilly on Oct. 19.

than the 5-13 Mon­treal Alou­ettes, who were third in the East.

How­ever, for the first time in the rule’s his­tory, the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos — who were at the bot­tom of the five-team West at 9-9 — missed the play­offs de­spite own­ing a bet­ter MORE ABOUT HAL­I­FAX CFL HOPES AT THES­TAR.COM record than both the Alou­ettes and the East’s se­cond-place team, the 8-10 Hamil­ton Tiger-cats.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Eski­mos, there is no pro­vi­sion for when the five teams in the West have bet­ter records than all but the first-place team in the East. As a re­sult, Ed­mon­ton will be on the out­side look­ing in when the post-sea­son kicks off this week­end.

“I feel like we’re as good as any­body, I re­ally do,” Eski­mos head coach Ja­son Maas said at his sea­son-end­ing avail­abil­ity. “I know our record doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily prove that, ex­cept that there are two play­offs teams with the same record and a lesser record in the play­offs right now.” CHICAGO—JOEL Quen­neville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup ti­tles and nine play­off ap­pear­ances with the Chicago Black­hawks, the long­time coach fig­ured this was a big sea­son for him.

“I only think we’re in the win­ning busi­ness and we bet­ter win,” Quen­neville said on the first day of train­ing camp.

Two months later, it was over. The Black­hawks fired Quen­neville on Tues­day, end­ing a wildly suc­cess­ful run that re­turned the fran­chise to the top of the NHL after years of heartache.

As­sis­tants Kevin Di­neen Joel Quen­neville led the Chicago Black­hawks to three Stanley Cup vic­to­ries.

and Ulf Sa­muels­son also were let go. Jeremy Col­li­ton moves from Chicago’s Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate in Rock­ford, Ill., and is now the NHL’S youngest head coach at 33.

THE AP­PETITE FOR PIGSKIN Eski­mos out de­spite bet­ter record than all but one East team

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