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. In 2012, he became the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate. He remained with the Canadiens' owned AHL franchise as head coach when it moved to become the St. John's IceCaps in 2015 and the Laval Rocket in 2017. He won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.
14 October 1967|
Richmond, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
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 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 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 daughter baptized in it.
Retirement and coaching career
On June 13, 2012, Sylvain Lefebvre became the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate. The Canadiens purchased and relocated the Bulldogs to become the second iteration of the St. John's IceCaps in 2015, keeping Lefebvre as head coach of their affiliate. In 2017, the Canadiens' AHL franchise was again relocated, becoming the Laval Rocket, taking Lefebvre with the team. After one season in Laval and finishing with the worst record in the AHL during the 2017–18 season, Lefebvre was released immediately upon the conclusion of the season.
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Former Avs join Sacco staff". Denver Post. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Canadiens' AHL team moving from Hamilton to St. John's: reports". CBC.ca. March 6, 2015.
- "LEFEBVRE NAMED HEAD COACH OF LAVAL, CARRIÈRE GM". AHL. 28 July 2017.
- "SYLVAIN LEFEBVRE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES AS HEAD COACH OF THE LAVAL ROCKET". Laval Rocket. 17 April 2018.