Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sylvain Lefebvre
Born in Richmond, Quebec, Sylvain Lefebvre played junior in the QMJHL with Laval. He was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens then spent two years developing in the AHL with the Sherbrooke Canadiens. In 1988-89, he scored 47 points and played rock hard defence while earning selection to the league's Second All-Star Team.

Lefebvre played three seasons in Montreal before he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in August 1992. The rugged blueliner blossomed under Pat Burns, his former coach in Montreal. His willingness to play the body and buy into Burns' disciplined system was a key factor behind Toronto being the only team to reach the semi-finals in both 1993 and 1994.

When Mats Sundin was acquired at the 1994 Entry Draft for Wendel Clark, the Nords insisted that Lefebvre be included in the trade. There was a great deal of emotion over the loss of Clark, but Lefebvre's absence was more damaging to the team over the next few years. The club wasn't able to replace him and watched as he helped solidify the blueline of the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in 1996.

The rugged defender played three more years in Denver before joining the New York Rangers as a free agent prior to the 1999-00 season. Upon his arrival in New York, Lefebvre continued to play solid defence with his new club, until injuries began to take their toll during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Lefebvre announced his retirement at the end of the 2002-03 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Cantons de l'Est Cantonniers QAAA 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2
1984-85 Laval Voisins QMJHL 66 8 5 13 31
1985-86 Laval Titan QMJHL 71 8 17 25 48 14 1 0 1 25
1986-87 Laval Titan QMJHL 70 10 36 46 44 15 1 6 7 12
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 79 3 24 27 73 6 2 3 5 4
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 77 15 32 47 119 6 1 3 4 4
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 3 10 13 61 +18 6 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 4 1 0 1 6
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 5 18 23 30 -11 11 1 0 1 6
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 3 14 17 91 +9 2 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 2 12 14 90 +8 21 3 3 6 20
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 84 2 9 11 79 +33 18 0 3 3 16
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 2 11 13 17 +13 6 0 2 2 2
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 5 11 16 49 +26 22 0 5 5 12
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 2 11 13 30 +12 17 0 0 0 25
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 0 10 10 48 +2 7 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 2 18 20 48 +18 19 0 1 1 12
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 82 2 10 12 43 -13
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 71 2 13 15 55 +3
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 41 0 5 5 23 -3
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 0 5 5 11 +2
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 35 0 2 2 10 -7
2003-04 SC Bern Swiss 11 2 4 6 14 15 0 6 6 44
NHL Totals 945 30 154 184 674 129 4 14 18 101


AHL Second All-Star Team (1989) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 24, 1986. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Toronto's 3rd round pick (Martin Belanger) in 1994 NHL Draft, August 20, 1992. Traded to Quebec by Toronto with Wendel Clark, Landon Wilson and Toronto's 1st round pick (Jeffrey Kealty) in 1994 NHL Draft for Mats Sundin, Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia's 1st round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 NHL Draft, June 28, 1994. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 22, 1999. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to finger injury vs. Chicago, December 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), January 16, 2004.
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