COVENTRY, UK – Coach Marc LeFebvre is looking forward to returning to Sheffield Steelers tomorrow night – but insists victory for his Genting Casino Coventry Blaze side which would secure an Elite League play-off place is his primary goal.
He rejoined Steelers as assistant coach in the summer but left to take over as head coach of Blaze last month, overseeing six wins in 11 games.
Blaze go into the final weekend of the regular season in a fight with three other clubs for the remaining three play-off positions, with a trip to second-placed Steelers being followed by a home clash with Cardiff Devils, who are also in a battle to make the top eight.
LeFebvre said: “I have always had a nice welcome at Sheffield and I have made a lot of friends on and off the ice and some I am in close contact with.
“But I am going there to win – that is the name of the game. We are in play-off mode, we need to play 60-minute hockey and we need to take care of business.
“It is going to be a great atmosphere on Sunday, we have had great support during my five weeks here but Cardiff are a good team.
“There is a lot of parity this year which is a great sign the league is improving and one good hockey team is going to miss out.
“We could finish fifth or we could finish ninth but we want to go in through the front door and gather some momentum for the play-offs, we don’t want to sneak through the back door.”
Meanwhile, captain Ashley Tait is on the brink of another milestone as he is in line to make his 599th and 600th appearances in all Elite League competitions this weekend.
He would become only the seventh player to do so behind Jonathan Phillips, Phil Hill, Jason Hewitt, Mark Thomas, Matt Myers and Blaze team-mate Russell Cowley. Tait also requires just one assist to be the first player to reach 400 assists in all Elite League play.