Position: HAMILTON BULLDOGS HEAD COACH
On June 13, 2012, Sylvain Lefebvre was hired as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs succeeding Clément Jodoin who was promoted assistant coach with the parent club.
During his 19-season professional career, Lefebvre played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1989-2003. In 945 career regular season NHL games, the Richmond, Quebec native recorded 184 points (30 goals, 154 assists) and served 674 penalty minutes. In 129 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, Lefebvre posted 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) and 101 penalty minutes, winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche back in 1996.
In three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Lefebvre played 200 regular season games, producing 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) along with 182 penalty minutes. He then appeared in 165 regular season games and 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1992-1994. On March 28, 1994, Lefebvre, along with Wendel Clark, Landon Wilson and a first-round pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Quebec Nordiques in return for Garth Butcher, Mats Sundin, Todd Warriner and a first-round pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After one season with the Nordiques in Quebec City, Lefebvre followed the team when it moved to Denver, Colorado, where he skated in 303 regular season games and 65-post season games during four seasons with the Avalanche from 1995-1999. Lefebvre then signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, playing 229 games with the Blueshirts from 1999-2003. He would spend his final season as a player with Bern of the Swiss National League in 2003-2004, helping them win Switzerland’s league title.
Lefebvre also spent parts of four seasons in the American Hockey League with the Sherbrooke Canadiens (1986-1989) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (2001-2002). In the AHL, he recorded 79 points (18 goals, 61 assists) and served 203 penalty minutes in 171-career regular season games and nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 13 Calder Cup playoff contests.
Now 45, Lefebvre spent the past five seasons with the Colorado organization, serving as an assistant to Head Coach Joe Sacco with the Avalanche for three seasons (2009-2012) after spending two seasons (2007-2009) as Sacco’s assistant coach with their affiliate club in Lake Erie.
Sylvain and his wife, Marie-Claire, have four children..