By. Steve Popoloski

Dayton, OH - The Federal Hockey League's expansion Dayton Devils announced Friday their first player signing for the team's inaugural season, inking goaltender Stephane Cesar to a one-year contract.

Cesar, 24, comes to Dayton after spending time last season with the Saguenay Marquis of the LNAH in Quebec, where he posted a 2-2 record with a 4.16 GAA in five games.   A former second-round pick of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the 2004 QMJHL entry draft, Cesar saw time with several major-junior clubs including the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (2005-06), the OHL's London Knights (2006-08) and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2008), totaling 28 games with a combined record of 10-11-2 at Canada's highest level of junior hockey.    After spending parts of two seasons in the Junior A CJHL and reclaiming starting duties as a member of the Kanata Stallions (23-23-6, 3.51 GAA, 1 SO), Cesar packed his gear and headed to the Netherlands.   He spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as starting goalie for the Heerenveen Flyers and Nijmegen Devils in the North Sea Cup (formerly the Dutch Eredivisie). FHL fans may recognize the Dutch league as the same one that 1000 Islands goaltender Matt Anthony (Eindhoven Kemphanen) played in prior to coming to the Privateers.   Cesar's signing as Dayton's first ever player clearly indicates that head coach Marc LeFebvre intends to build his team from the net out.   Currently, the Devils hold the FHL rights to ten players obtained through the FHL's expansion draft, including defensemen Vinny Geonnetti, Dan Mercer, Jim Jensen, Craig Cole and James Sanford. (The rest of that list is comprised of forwards Brett Liscomb, Devin Guy, Brad Townsend, Brad Surdam and Justin Barr.)   The Devils are scheduled to drop the puck on their first season outdoors, as they take on the Williamsport Outlaws at Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA on Oct. 24.   Their home opener will be the following Saturday, Oct. 27, when they host Danville at Hara Arena.
 
 
This from the Dayton Devils web site

Dayton, OH - The Dayton Devils Professional Hockey team, proud members of the Federal Hockey League (FHL), have announced Marc LeFebvre as the new head coach of the Dayton Devils.

“I am very excited to lead the Dayton Devils in their first season of action in the Federal Hockey League,” said LeFebvre, a 30 year old native of Manotick, Ontario. “We are building a championship team and fans can expect an exciting team with a blue collar work ethic. I am looking forward to moving to Dayton in the coming weeks and meeting our fans.”

LeFebvre’s professional nine year playing career included two championships and traveling to Great Britain, Elmira, NY, France and Holland. Last season, he lead the 1000 Islands Privateers of the FHL to a 27-8-2 record.

Prior to his professional career, LeFebvre was a member of the Sarnia Sting and the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League.

"Dayton is going to love this coach," said Patrick Pylypuik, managing member. "He believes in having a hardnosed, hard working team that can win on and off the ice."

For more information, please contact Patrick Pylypuik, managing member, at ppylypuik@daytondevils.com or visit www.daytondevils.com.

 
 
Dayton Devils 2012-2013 Schedule

Wednesday     24-Oct 19:05   Williamsport/Dayton   Bowman Field

Saturday          27-Oct 19:35   Dayton /Danville          Hara Arena

Sunday            28-Oct 14:35   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday              2-Nov  19:05   Williamsport/Dayton   Bowman Field

Saturday          3-Nov  19:35   Danbury/Dayton         Danbury Ice Arena

Thursday         8-Nov  19:05   1000 Islands/Dayton   Watertown Ice Arena

Friday              9-Nov  19:35   1000 Islands/Dayton   Watertown Ice Arena

Saturday          10-Nov 19:35  Dayton /Danville          Hara Arena

Sunday            11-Nov 16:05  Dayton/Danville          Hara Arena

Friday              16-Nov 19:35  Dayton/Cape Cod        Hara Arena

Saturday          17-Nov 19:35  Dayton/Cape Cod        Hara Arena

Wednesday     21-Nov 17:35  Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday              23-Nov 19:35  Dayton /Danbury         Hara Arena

Saturday          24-Nov 19:35  Dayton /Danbury         Hara Arena

Friday             30-Nov 19:05   Cape Cod /Dayton       TBA

Saturday          1-Dec  17:05   Cape Cod /Dayton       TBA

Thursday         6-Dec  19:05   Williamsport/Dayton   Bowman Field

Friday             7-Dec   19:35   1000 Islands/Dayton   Watertown Ice Arena

Saturday          8-Dec  19:35   Danbury/Dayton         Danbury Ice Arena

Thursday         13-Dec 19:05   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday             14-Dec 19:35   Dayton /Williamsport  Hara Arena

Saturday          15-Dec 19:35   Dayton /Williamsport  Hara Arena

Thursday         20-Dec 19:35   Dayton /Danville          Hara Arena

Friday             21-Dec 19:35   Dayton /1000 Islands   Hara Arena

Saturday          22-Dec 19:35   Dayton /1000 Islands   Hara Arena

Thursday         27-Dec 19:35   Danbury/Dayton         Danbury Ice Arena

Friday             28-Dec 19:05   Cape Cod/Dayton        TBA

Saturday          29-Dec 19:05   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Monday           31-Dec 17:35   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday              4-Jan   19:35   Dayton /Cape Cod       Hara Arena

Saturday          5-Jan   19:35   Dayton /Cape Cod       Hara Arena

Sunday            6-Jan   16:05   Dayton /Williamsport  Hara Arena

Tuesday           8-Jan   19:35   Dayton /Danville          Hara Arena

Friday             11-Jan  19:05   Williamsport/Dayton   Bowman Field

Saturday          12-Jan 19:05   Williamsport/Dayton   Bowman Field

Thursday         17-Jan 19:05   Cape Cod/Dayton        TBA

Friday             18-Jan  19:05   Cape Cod/Dayton        TBA

Saturday          19-Jan 19:35   Danbury /Dayton        Danbury Ice Arena

Friday               25-Jan 19:35   Dayton /Cape Cod       Hara Arena

Saturday          26-Jan 19:35   Dayton /Williamsport  Hara Arena

Tuesday           29-Jan 19:35   Dayton Danville           Hara Arena

Friday               1-Feb  19:05   Danville /Dayton         Palmer Arena

Saturday          2-Feb   19:05   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Tuesday           5-Feb   19:05   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday              8-Feb   19:35   Dayton /1000 Islands   Hara Arena

Saturday          9-Feb   19:35   Dayton /1000 Islands   Hara Arena

Sunday            10-Feb 16:05   Dayton/Danville          Hara Arena

Thursday         14-Feb 19:05   1000 Islands/Dayton   Watertown Ice Arena

Friday              15-Feb 19:35   1000 Islands/Dayton   Watertown Ice Arena

Sunday            17-Feb 19:35   Dayton /Williamsport  Hara Arena

Monday           18-Feb 17:35   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Friday              22-Feb 19:35   Dayton /Danville          Hara Arena

Saturday          23-Feb 19:35   Dayton /1000 Islands   Hara Arena

Sunday            24-Feb 16:05   Dayton/Danbury         Hara Arena

Thursday         28-Feb 19:35   Dayton/Danville          Hara Arena

Friday              1-Mar  19:35   Dayton/Danville          Hara Arena

Saturday          2-Mar  19:35   Dayton /Danbury         Hara Arena

Sunday            3-Mar  16:05   Dayton /Danbury         Hara Arena

Thursday         7-Mar  19:05   Danville/Dayton          Palmer Arena

Saturday          9-Mar  19:35   Danbury/Dayton         Danbury Ice Arena

Playoffs

Semi-Finals

1 vs 4 in a best of 3 series and 2 vs 3 in a best of 3 series

March 13 at low seed & March 15 and 16 at high seed

Finals

Winners of 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 series in a best of 3 series

March 20 at low seed & March 22 and 23 at high seed

 
 
Schedule should be released this week.