2 Sylvain Lefebvre
1996-1997 Second Season
Starter Mesh. Set tag "2". Hem tagging 56R-1SS8.
MeiGray No. 103289
This jersey was consigned to Meigray from a private collector. The jersey has all the nuances of the 96-97 jerseys, including the size tag in the tail. The sleeves have been shortened drastically. As in other 96-97's, the washing tag is a single tag with the second tag removed. The neck tag contains the set number "2" in marker, and is smudged, as with other set 2's. The Assistant Captain's "A" is located on the left chest, and appears to have been removed and attached a few times, as evidenced by the rough edges and stitching. The jersey shows moderate game wear, with random small stick marks and board burns around the body and sleeves. It has some heavier black marks in the lower left portion of the front body, and a noticeable black mark in the middle fo the rear "2". There is a snag-type hole in the front hem. It also has two smaller team repairs in the left elbow. A curiosity of this jersey is a defect in the inner shoulder seam, in which the sewing machine has grabbed a small amount of fabric and pinched it into the seam. The jersey is accompanied by the Avalanche LOA and Meigray documentation.
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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.
Defense - Shoots left
Born: October 14, 1967 - Richmond, Quebec
6-2, 205 lbs.
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 24, 1986. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Toronto's 3rd round choice (Martin Belanger) in 1994 Entry Draft, August 20, 1992. Traded to Quebec by Toronto with Wendel Clark, Landon Wilson and Toronto's 1st round choice (Jeffrey Kealty) in 1994 Entry Draft for Mats Sundin, Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 Entry 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 season recovering from finger injury suffered in game vs. Chicago, December 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by SC Bern (Swiss), January 16, 2004.
- AHL Second All-Star Team (1989)