COVENTRY, UK – New coach Marc LeFebvre is looking forward to the challenge of turning around Genting Casino Coventry Blaze’s season.
LeFebvre, who left his role as assistant-coach at Elite League rivals Sheffield Steelers, took charge of his first practice session this morning as the team prepare for Thursday’s trip to Cardiff Devils, who are one place and one point above them in the table.
He said: “I was preparing for a cup semi-final with Nottingham with Doug [Christiansen] when the phone rang and here I am. Being head coach was the natural progression for me although it has happened quicker than expected. I learned a lot under Doug and I am sure he learned a little from me. We had a good chemistry.
“But I am looking forward to the challenge here. We have 13 games left to turn things around. There are a lot of good pieces here but hockey is not played on paper. I will bring new direction, accountability and a new voice. The players have got into a lot of bad habits but that is easily corrected. We need everyone on the same page.
“There will be an evaluation period on Thursday and Sunday and there is no more room for error. The players need to perform or they are out.
“I was up bright and early this morning and it was a very good first session. I like the look of the roster but this is a championship-winning organisation and being in eighth place is unacceptable.”