Craig Berube

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Craig Berube
Craig Berube 2011-12-29.JPG
Assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011
Born(1965-12-17) December 17, 1965 (age 48)
Calahoo, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forPhiladelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1986–2004
 
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Craig Berube
Craig Berube 2011-12-29.JPG
Assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011
Born(1965-12-17) December 17, 1965 (age 48)
Calahoo, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forPhiladelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1986–2004

Craig "Chief" Berube (born December 17, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the current head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Berube played 17 seasons in the NHL for the Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

Berube played 1054 NHL regular season games between 1986 and 2003. He was known as an enforcer in the NHL and amassed 3149 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.[1] 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 lineup 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."[2] Berube claimed the remark was not racially motivated and he apologized to Worrell a day after the game.[2] The NHL suspended Berube for one game.[2]

Berube returned to the Flyers in 1999 during the trade deadline. He saw his last Stanley Cup playoff action 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 career[edit]

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.

Family[edit]

Craig is married with three children. They reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

He is of First Nations descent, one of only two NHL head coaches (Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan being the other) of that ethnicity.

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1982–83Williams Lake MustangsPCJHL339243399
1982–83Kamloops Jr. OilersWHL40000
1983–84New Westminster BruinsWHL7011203110481235
1984–85New Westminster RoyalsWHL70254469191103254
1985–86Kamloops BlazersWHL32171431119
1985–86Medicine Hat TigersWHL3414163095257815102
1986–87Hershey BearsAHL6371724325
1986–87Philadelphia FlyersNHL700057500017
1987–88Philadelphia FlyersNHL27325108
1987–88Hershey BearsAHL315914119
1988–89Philadelphia FlyersNHL531121991600056
1988–89Hershey BearsAHL702219
1989–90Philadelphia FlyersNHL7441418291
1990–91Philadelphia FlyersNHL748917293
1991–92Toronto Maple LeafsNHL405712109
1991–92Calgary FlamesNHL36145155
1992–93Calgary FlamesNHL774812209601121
1993–94Washington CapitalsNHL847714305800021
1994–95Washington CapitalsNHL43246173700029
1995–96Washington CapitalsNHL5021012151200019
1996–97Washington CapitalsNHL80437218
1997–98Washington CapitalsNHL7469151892110121
1998–99Washington CapitalsNHL66549166
1998–99Philadelphia FlyersNHL110002861014
1999–00Philadelphia FlyersNHL7748121621810123
2000–01Washington CapitalsNHL2201118
2000–01New York IslandersNHL3802254
2001–02Calgary FlamesNHL66314164
2002–03Calgary FlamesNHL55246100
2003–04Philadelphia PhantomsAHL33066134
NHL totals10546198159314989314211

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyers History - Philadelphia Flyer Game Summary". P. Anson. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Michael Russo (November 26, 1997). "NHL Suspends Berube For Slur". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Laviolette
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
2013–present
Incumbent