Francoeur then told general manager Steve Ahern he couldn’t be behind the bench for Games 3 and 4 because of other work commitments with his hockey schools in the Shawinigan area, 700 kilometres from Baie-Comeau. (Francoeur was working as Ahern’s assistant GM prior to Pouliot’s firing and only agreed to take on the coaching duties on an emergency day-to-day basis.)
But Ahern wouldn’t quit. He begged Francoeur to reconsider and finally persuaded him to fly to Baie-Comeau at the last minute to coach Games 3 and 4. The Drakkar rushed Francoeur to Baie-Comeau in a private plane at the end of his work day on Tuesday, getting him to the rink just in time for the warm-up.
And clearly the extreme measures paid off because Francoeur and the Drakkar came through with two more big wins, eliminating a Tigres team that finished 31 points higher than them in the regular season.