Acadie-Bathurst Titan G.M. defends refusal of playoff format proposition

Acadie-Bathurst Titan General Manager Sylvain Couturier says a tragic bus accident in Humboldt, Saskatchewan had nothing to with turning down the Sherbrooke Phoenix's request for a different playoff format. 

This after a recent article published in the Sherbrooke Tribune suggesting Couturier's refusal was based on financial motives.

The Phoenix, who are based 785km from Bathurst, proposed a 2-3-2 format rather than the 2-2-1-1-1 format.

QMJHL rules allow for the 2-3-2 format if the series is being played 800km or more from a team's home rink.

Couturier tells the Acadie-Nouvelle that the Titan earned the right to the 2-2-1-1-1 format during the regular season and that declining the request had nothing to do with a lack of concern for player safety or finances.

Though he's not specifically named in the article, Couturier says the publication makes him look like a monster with little concern for player safety.

The present format would have allowed for one additional game to be played at the KC Irving Centre in Bathurst, however Couturier says he wouldn't compromise player safety in favour of financial gain.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)