CINCINNATI, OH – Back on June 13th, it was announced Assistant Coach Patrick Wellar was leaving the Cincinnati Cyclones to head closer to home and re-join the Reading Royals as a member of their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Matt Macdonald started searching for his replacement right then and there, and turns out, he had to go to Europe to find him.
On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that Marc LeFebvre has been tabbed as the Cyclones new Assistant Coach. LeFebvre is no stranger to the state of Ohio as he served as the Head Coach of the Dayton Demonz of the Federal Hockey League back during the 2012-13 campaign, leading them to a remarkable 42-6-3 record, and just falling short in the FHL’s Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Prior to his lone season in Dayton, he was the bench boss for the FHL’s Thousand Islanders Privateers. They went 32-15-3 under his watch.
Since the 2013-2014 season, LeFebvre has been coaching in the European equivalent of the ECHL known as the Elite Ice Hockey League, splitting time between the Sheffield Steelers, Coventry Blaze, and Dundee Stars. The last couple of seasons, he spent in the United Kingdom with Dundee. The Stars compiled a combined 42-35-17 record under LeFebvre.
The Kanata, Ontario native spent most of his playing career in Europe, however had some stops in North America in the SPHL and former United Hockey League. LeFebvre’s first three pro seasons from 2003-2006 were spent in the EIHL with Sheffield and Coventry. The former forward tallied 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 100 contests.
His first American stint came during the 2006-07 campaign with the UHL’s Elmira Jackals where he notched 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 54 games. The following season, he returned to Europe, skating in 19 affairs with Epinal of the France league. Then again returning to the States for the 2008-09 season with the now-defunct Twin City Cyclones of the SPHL.
From 2009-2011, he spent more time in the EIHL with the Edinburgh Capitals, as well as some time in the Netherlands between Zoetermeer Panthers and Ruijters Eaters Geleen. During that time span, he totaled 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in 71 appearances. LeFebvre’s playing career concluded after the 2011-12 campaign, where he skated in six affairs with the SPHL’s Louisiana IceGators, before making the move from the ice to behind the bench.
Prior to turning pro, LeFebvre spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League between the Ottawa 67’s and Sarnia Sting from 1999-2002, where he accounted for 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 156 contests. He also saw time in the Greater Ontario Junior hockey ranks with the Niagara Falls Canucks during the 2002-03 season, where he scored a whopping 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games.