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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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