Sheffield Steelers lose asst coach to Coventry

Marc Lefebvre has left Sheffield Steelers.
Marc Lefebvre has left Sheffield Steelers.
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The merry-go-round of ice hockey transfers took a strange turn today - Sheffield Steelers’ asssistant coach Marc Levebvre leaving the club to take over the reins at troubled Coventry Blaze.

Coach Matt Soderstrom was fired by the Midlands side last night - only a few hours after their team were beaten 5-1 by Lefebvre’s Sheffield.

Steelers action shot

Steelers action shot

Lefebvre was offered the post last night.

It was an obvious step-up and he didn’t think twice.

He went with his boss Doug Christiansen’s blessing - it is not often such a position would become available in February.

Canadian Lefebvre, who is only 31, was the defensive pair of eyes on Steelers’ bench.

He did not have a second year contract at Sheffield, so the move could be a blessing in more ways than one, giving him some element of security in a precarious profession.

Lefebvre, who played for Blaze as a winger in the 2005-06 season, is a character - and his presence will be missed at the Arena.

Today he took practice with Blaze and pronounced that he felt the struggling team could be turned around.