Sylvain Lefebvre

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Sylvain Lefebvre
Sylvain Lefebvre.jpg
Born (1967-10-14) 14 October 1967 (age 47)
Richmond, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1987–2004

Sylvain Jean Lefebvre (born October 14, 1967) is a retired ice hockey defenceman who played on five National Hockey League teams from 1989 to 2003. As of 2012, he is the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Sylvain Lefebvre signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and made the team's roster in 1989–90 as an undrafted free agent. He played three seasons with the Habs before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a third round draft pick prior to the start of the 1992–93 season. Lefebvre played two seasons with the Leafs before being traded to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the Wendel Clark-Mats Sundin blockbuster trade on June 28, 1994. Lefebvre played the next five seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche before signing a four-year, $10-million US contract with the New York Rangers that secured a club-option for him to play a fifth season at $3 million in the 1999 off-season. Lefebvre's productivity decreased after several injuries, including a shattered index finger which occurred while blocking a shot. The doctor compared the injury to taking a hammer and hitting his finger until the bone is literally shattered into little pieces. Lefebvre's career low came in the 2002–03 season. After four years with the Rangers, Lefebvre left the NHL and decided to join old friend Sebastien Bordeleau for one season to play for the Swiss team SC Bern where he and his team won the cup. He retired shortly thereafter.

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, Lefebvre was involved in an incident that attracted media attention. As part of tradition, each player on the Stanley Cup winning team can take personal possession of the trophy for a day during the summer following the championship, a practice that has led to several misadventures. When it was his turn, Lefebvre decided to have his beautiful baby daughter, Alexanne, baptized in it.

Retirement and coaching career[edit]

Lefebvre was named as assistant coach of the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters. On June 4, 2009, the Colorado Avalanche announced that Lefebvre would serve as an assistant coach.[1]

On June 13, 2012, Sylvain Lefebvre became the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (Montreal Canadiens' affiliate).

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Laval Voisins QMJHL 66 7 5 12 31
1985–86 Laval Titan QMJHL 71 8 17 25 48 14 1 0 1 25
1986–87 Laval Titan QMJHL 70 10 36 46 44 15 1 6 7 12
1986–87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 79 3 24 27 73 6 2 3 5 4
1988–89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 77 15 32 47 119 6 1 3 4 4
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 3 10 13 61 6 0 0 0 2
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 5 18 23 30 11 1 0 1 6
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 3 14 17 91 2 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 2 12 14 90 21 3 3 6 20
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 84 2 9 11 79 18 0 3 3 16
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 2 11 13 17 6 0 2 2 2
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 5 11 16 49 22 0 5 5 12
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 2 11 13 30 17 0 0 0 25
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 0 10 10 48 7 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 2 18 20 48 19 0 1 1 12
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 82 2 10 12 43
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 71 2 13 15 55
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 0 5 5 11
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 41 0 5 5 23
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 35 0 2 2 10
2003–04 SC Bern NLA 11 2 4 6 14 15 0 6 6 44
NHL totals 945 30 154 184 674 129 4 14 18 101

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Avs join Sacco staff". Denver Post. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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