SHEFFIELD, U.K. – The Sheffield Steelers today announced the addition of former Steelers winger Marc LeFebvre as Assistant Coach of the team for the 2013/14 Elite League Campaign.
The 31-year-old Canadian originally joined the Steelers in the summer of 2003 and was a popular member of the squad. LeFebvre recorded 21 points in 54 outings as well as amassing 139 penalty minutes, helping the team to a league and playoff title double.
LeFebvre remained with the South Yorkshire side the following season, but wouldn’t endure as much success as he only registered 10 points in 59 appearances.
After leaving the Steelers LeFebvre had spells with Coventry and Edinburgh, playing under current Steelers Head Coach Doug Christiansen at the latter, as well as spells back in the U.S. Holland and France.
LeFebvre embarked upon his coaching career in 2011, when he signed as Head Coach and General Manager of the 1000 Islands Privateers of the Federal Hockey League, helping them to finish second in the league in his debut season.
LeFebvre then joined FHL rivals the Dayton Demonz as Head Coach last year, where he led them to the league title with a staggering 41 wins in 52 games, earning him plaudits around the league for his impressive record and coaching ability.
LeFebvre spoke about joining his former team, “I had two of the best years of my life while playing for the Steelers and winning trophies, so when Doug offered me the job it was a no brainer. I love this club. It gave me the start to my professional playing career so to come back and be part of Doug’s staff is exciting,” LeFebvre admitted.
“I have had two successful seasons at a lower level as a Head Coach in North America but it is now time to move my career forward. Both Doug and I share the same philosophies and ambitions and our goal is to bring silverware back to Sheffield. We both know the fans and clubs expectations and look forward to the challenge ahead,” LeFebvre added.
Steelers Head Coach Doug Christiansen also shares LeFebvre’s optimism, “By adding Marc to our coaching staff, we made the Steelers better. He loves the Steelers and jumped at the chance to come on board. Marc has been named Coach of the Year twice in the FHL and led the Demons to the best record in the league. He is a bright, motivated coach who has a passion for the game,” Christiansen said.
“Marc and I have discussed players the last three summers as we have built our respective teams. He has many North American contacts that can help in recruiting and team development. Marc and I had lengthy discussions at the NHL Coaches Clinic about our hockey philosophies and the team we want to build. I am happy to say that he accepted my offer, I am looking forward to working with him,” Christiansen added.
The Steelers have four remaining import slots after recently signing new goaltender Frank Doyle, and are now believed to be pursuing a ‘high energy’ forward with an impressive C.V.
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