Thursday, 25 Nov 2021. 9:21 AM
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan relieved Mario Durocher of his head coach duties. The team made the announcement Thursday morning in a press release.
After winning their first five games of the season, the Titan have lost eight of their next nine outings. At the heart of this slide, Durocher had criticized the hard work of his players in an interview with the Carnet LHJMQ.
“The alarm is more than sounded,” he said on November 2. After our start to the season, everyone was talking to me about the Memorial Cup. We think we’re good, we’ve been told we’re good, but I’ve always said that until the holidays, we’re still a long way from the cup to the lips. […] Have we lost the habit of traveling, of playing three games in four days? Did we run out of juice? I have a hard time believing that. These are excuses and this is where you have to dot the “i’s”. Apologies are for the losers. “
Durocher left as the Titan posted a 9-9-2 record, good for eighth place out of the ten teams that make up the QMJHL Eastern Association.
The 58-year-old coach was in his third campaign behind the Titan bench. With a total of 1,114 games to his credit, he needed seven more games to join Guy Chouinard, second on the list of coaches who have led the most games in QMJHL history.
Greg Leland, who was one of his assistants, will take over on an acting basis.