Quenneville canned by Blackhawks, Colliton promoted
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.
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