Marc Lefebvre ended an eight year break for Sheffield Steelers to sign in as new assistant coach - an appointment which leaves Neil Abel out in the cold.
The 31-year-old Canadian quit his post as head coach at Dayton Demonz in the low-profile Federal Hockey League in Ohio, USA. It signifies the end of the road for Abel, who was Ryan Finnerty’s right hand man.
‘Favor’ who won the Elite League’s inaugural championship with Steelers (2003–04) said: “I had two of the best years of my life playing for Steelers and winning trophies so when Doug Christiansen (head coach) offered me the job it was a no-brainer. I love this club. It gave me the start to my pro playing career so to come back is exciting. I’ve had two successful seasons at a lower level in North America; it’s now time to move forward. Doug and I share the same philosophies and our goal is to bring silverware back to Sheffield. We both know the expectations and look forward to the challenge.”
Christiansen said: “By adding Marc to our coaching staff and naming him Vice President of Hockey Operations, we made the Steelers better.”
Lefebvre was twice named Coach of the Year in the FHL.
“He is a bright, motivated coach who has a passion for the game” added Christiansen.
“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.”
* Former Sheffield Steeler’s d-man Chad Huttel has put pen to paper on a deal with Hull Stingrays.
The defenceman who notched 16 points in 53 games for Steelers cited player coach Sylvan Cloutier as a deciding factor in joining the Stingrays, someone he has “heard nothing but great things about.”
The Minnesota native says that he is “thrilled at the opportunity to move back to the UK.”
Huttell says he will “bring a passion and a drive to win.”
The American believes that he has joined a team that will “give any a run for their money.”