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Craig Berube (/bəˈrb/; born December 17, 1965) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the head coach for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Berube played 17 seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. Also, Berube was a national team scout hired by Doug Armstrong for team Canada's 2016 World Cup of hockey team.[1] As an interim coach in 2019, Berube led the Blues to become the Stanley Cup champions.

Craig Berube
Craig Berube 2011-12-29.JPG
Berube pictured as assistant coach of the Flyers in 2011
Born (1965-12-17) December 17, 1965 (age 53)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationIce hockey coach, player

Coaching career
PositionHead coach
General managerDoug Armstrong
TeamSt. Louis Blues
Previous team(s)Philadelphia Phantoms
Chicago Wolves
Philadelphia Flyers
Stanley Cup wins2019
Years as NHL player1986–2004
Years as a coach2004–present
Years as an NHL coach2013–present
Years with current team2018–present
Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1986–2004

Playing careerEdit

Berube played 1054 NHL regular season games between 1986 and 2003. He was known as an enforcer in the NHL and amassed 3,149 penalty minutes in his career, good for seventh on the all-time list.

Berube was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on March 19, 1986. He made his NHL debut on March 22, 1987, recording 16 penalty minutes which included two fighting majors, in a 3–1 Flyers win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] He remained with the Flyers through the end of the regular season and also played in five playoff games during the Flyers' run to the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals. Berube cemented his place in the Flyers' line-up during the 1988–89 season and finished in the top ten in penalty minutes during the next two seasons.

Following the 1990–91 season, Berube was traded three times in a span of a little over seven months, twice in the off-season. The Flyers traded him to the Edmonton Oilers along with Craig Fisher and Scott Mellanby for Dave Brown, Corey Foster, and Jari Kurri on May 30. Four months later he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr for Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Luke Richardson, and Scott Thornton on September 19. Berube played the first half of the 1991–92 season with Toronto before he was traded again on January 2, 1992 to the Calgary Flames along with Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman, Michel Petit, and Jeff Reese for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Kent Manderville, Ric Nattress, and Rick Wamsley.

Berube remained with the Flames through the end of the 1992–93 season. He was traded on June 26, 1993 to the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round draft choice in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the next six seasons with the Capitals, notably playing in every playoff game during Washington's run to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.

During a November 1997 game against the Florida Panthers, Berube called Panthers' forward Peter Worrell, who is black, "a monkey."[3] Berube claimed the remark was not racially motivated and he apologized to Worrell a day after the game.[3] The NHL suspended Berube for one game.[3]

Berube returned to the Flyers in 1999 during the trade deadline. He saw his last Stanley Cup playoff action on the ice in 2000. In game four of the Eastern Conference Finals he scored the game-winning goal to put the Flyers up 3–1 in the series against the New Jersey Devils, but the Flyers lost the next three games and the series.

Berube split the next three seasons between the Capitals, New York Islanders, and the Flames. He ended his playing career as a player-assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, during the 2003–04 season.

Coaching careerEdit

Berube was named the head coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' affiliate in the American Hockey League, prior to the 2006–07 AHL season. However, on October 23, 2006, Berube was promoted to the Flyers' NHL coaching staff after a major reorganization in the franchise. On October 22, 2006, Bob Clarke had resigned from his position as general manager of the Flyers, and head coach Ken Hitchcock was released from his duties. John Stevens, formerly assistant coach, was named the Flyers' new head coach, and Berube was designated to replace him. For the 2007–08 season, Berube returned to the Phantoms as head coach. On October 7, 2013, Berube was named head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers following an 0–3–0 start.[4] The team improved their play following the change to Berube, and clinched a spot in the 2014 NHL playoffs. On April 17, 2015, Berube was relieved of his coaching duties by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.[5]

On June 29, 2016, Berube was named the head coach of the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League, the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues.[6]

On June 15, 2017, Berube was named the assistant head coach of the St. Louis Blues.[7] On November 19, 2018, the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo and named Berube interim coach for the rest of the season.[8][9][10] The Blues struggled at first under Berube's watch; at the start of the 2019 calendar year, they were 15–18–4 and last in the league standings. However, they improved through the remainder of the season, going 30–10–5, including a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. As the third seed in the Central Division, they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the fourth time in franchise history, and the first time since 1970. The Blues later won the series 4–3 over the Boston Bruins, capping off Game 7 with a 4–1 win, earning the Blues their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history and Berube his first Stanley Cup championship as a player or coach.

Berube became the second interim head coach in NHL history to guide his team to a Stanley Cup title. Berube shares this distinction with Blues senior advisor Larry Robinson, who accomplished the feat 19 years earlier with the New Jersey Devils.

On April 26, 2019, Berube, Jon Cooper, and Barry Trotz were announced as the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.[11] On June 24, the Blues dropped the "interim" tag from Berube's title and officially named him as the 26th head coach in franchise history, with a three-year contract.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Berube is of First Nations descent. During his time coaching the Flyers, he and Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan were the only head coaches in the NHL of First Nations ancestry. They also were featured in an NHL first when they went head-to-head as coaches on November 21, 2013. Berube being part Cree and Nolan being of Ojibwe descent showcased the first time in NHL history there was two coaches of First Nations descent that would be coaching in the same game.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Williams Lake Mustangs PCJHL 33 9 24 33 99
1982–83 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 4 0 0 0 0
1983–84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 70 11 20 31 104 8 1 2 3 5
1984–85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 70 25 44 69 191 10 3 2 5 4
1985–86 Kamloops Blazers WHL 32 17 14 31 119
1985–86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 34 14 16 30 95 25 7 8 15 102
1986–87 Hershey Bears AHL 63 7 17 24 325
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 0 0 0 57 5 0 0 0 17
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 3 2 5 108
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 31 5 9 14 119
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 1 1 2 199 16 0 0 0 56
1988–89 Hershey Bears AHL 7 0 2 2 19
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 4 14 18 291
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 8 9 17 293
1991–92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 5 7 12 109
1991–92 Calgary Flames NHL 36 1 4 5 155
1992–93 Calgary Flames NHL 77 4 8 12 209 6 0 1 1 21
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 84 7 7 14 305 8 0 0 0 21
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 43 2 4 6 173 7 0 0 0 29
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 50 2 10 12 151 2 0 0 0 19
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 80 4 3 7 218
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 74 6 9 15 189 21 1 0 1 21
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 66 5 4 9 166
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 0 0 0 28 6 1 0 1 4
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 8 12 162 18 1 0 1 23
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 1 1 18
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 38 0 2 2 54
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 66 3 1 4 164
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 55 2 4 6 100
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 33 0 6 6 134
NHL totals 1,054 61 98 159 3,149 89 3 1 4 211

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
PHI 2013–14 79 42 27 10 (94) 3rd in Metropolitan 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round (NYR)
PHI 2014–15 82 33 31 18 84 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
PHI total 161 75 58 28     3 4 .429 1 playoff appearance
STL 2018–19 63 38 19 6 (82) 3rd in Central 16 10 .615 Won Stanley Cup (BOS)
STL total 63 38 19 6     16 10 .615 1 playoff appearance
1 Stanley Cup title
Total 224 113 77 34     19 14 .576 2 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rosen, Dan. "Berube hired to coach Blues' AHL team". NHL.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Flyers History - Philadelphia Flyer Game Summary". P. Anson. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Michael Russo (November 26, 1997). "NHL Suspends Berube For Slur". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "CRAIG BERUBE NAMED FLYERS HEAD COACH". Philadelphia Flyers. October 7, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Craig Berube relieved of duties as Flyers head coach". Philadelphia Flyers. April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Craig Berube Hired as Chicago Wolves Head Coach". OurSports Central. June 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy P. "Berube named Blues' associate coach; new goalie coach 'perfect match' for Allen". stltoday.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Yeo relieved of duties, Berube named interim head coach". NHL.com. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Yeo replaced by Berube as St. Louis Blues head coach". stltoday.com. St.Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Yeo relieved of duties, Berube named interim head coach". NHL.com. November 19, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Berube named finalist for Jack Adams Award". NHL.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Blues sign Berube to 3-year contract". NHL.com. June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Gretz, Adam. "Berube vs. Nolan is an NHL first". SBNation.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Laviolette
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
20132015
Succeeded by
Dave Hakstol
Preceded by
Mike Yeo
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
2018–present
Succeeded by