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
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 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

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. The team improved their play following the change to Berube, and clinched a spot in the 2014 NHL playoffs.

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost OT/SO Points Win % Finish Won Lost Result
PHI 2013-14 79 42 27 10 94 .608 3rd in Metropolitan Division 3 4 Loss vs NYR

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
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 Royals 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 1054 61 98 159 3149 89 3 1 4 211

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