03/06/2014 11:48 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Brier spots no longer reserved for N.S., P.E.I. curling teams

Two Maritime provinces no longer have a reserved spot at the Brier and will have to play their way into the Canadian men's curling championship next year.

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and Yukon have all been moved into the relegation round under new Canadian Curling Association rules. The territories used to compete as one team.

The teams have all posted poor records over the last three years at the Brier.

The winning teams from those four regions will still travel to Calgary next year, but will have to play each other. Only the winner will get a spot in the Brier.

Rod MacDonald, who has represented the Island seven times at the Brier, said he has seen a lot of changes over the years and he's not impressed with this one.

"I certainly don't like it. I think what they're doing is taking away the amateur part of curling in Canada. I feel this will become another slam event for the professionals," he said.

"I don't think it's going to help any of the curling in Canada. There are a lot of clubs that are right now closed. I don't really think the CCA sees that yet."
MacDonald said he doesn't think there is much that can be done at this point to reverse the decision.