Alright, Turkey wins the award for the strangest playoff hockey format ever.
Baskent Yildizlari, home to the Slovakian scoring wonder Denis Legersky, have won their third consecutive Turkish League title thanks to a weird playoff format. The league’s top four teams, Baskent, Izmir, Kocaeli, and Erzurum, held on to their regular season point totals from their twenty game season. That meant Baskent had 18 points, Izmir had 12 points, and Kocaeli and Erzurum had 3 points each, and the team with the most amount of points after six playoff games would get the victory. Strange, huh?
Under those circumstances, Basknet only had to grab two playoff wins, or one against second place squad Izmir, which is exactly what they would go on to do. Baskent defeated Izmir 6-3 on March 30th, and no game afterwards even mattered, as Basknet had already won the championships. Legersky would go on to be named league MVP after becoming the league’s top scorer with 75 points (42 goals, 33 assists).
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