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October 9, 2013
What: New coach of Flyers, the 18th coach in team history Born: Dec. 17, 1965, in Calahoo, Alberta Age: 47 Family: Berube and wife, Rebecca, have three children, sons Jake and Nashota and daughter Charlotte COACHING CAREER: * Berube had started his seventh season as assistant coach with the Flyers before being promoted yesterday. He was head coach of the Phantoms for six games in 2006-07 before being promoted to the Flyers as an assistant. He coached the Phantoms in 2007-08 (46-24-4-3 record with Phantoms)
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their coaching carousel Friday. Craig Berube was fired after the Flyers failed to make the playoffs in his first full season with the team. The Flyers went 33-31-18, including a 10-20-11 mark on the road. Overall, they were just 8-18 in games that went beyond regulation, and 3-11 in shootouts. General manager Ron Hextall, Berube's teammate during five of his seasons with the Flyers, said the dismissal was not an easy decision. "Craig Berube is a good friend of mine," Hextall said.
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April 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THIRTY HOURS? A shade over a day. That was all the time required for a wavering Ron Hextall to determine the job status of a man without a shadow of a doubt. The Flyers general manager held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon and announced he was neither dismissing nor keeping head coach Craig Berube. He made up his mind Thursday night after a supposedly "methodical" process with "due diligence. " Berube, 49, was fired yesterday morning, capping off one of the most head-scratching weeks in a franchise history full of them.
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October 13, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The story goes that when Craig Berube arrived with the Flyers during the 1986-87 season, the team's news release listed his origins as "Ala. " - the abbreviation for Alabama. This caused a stir among reporters, who wondered whether this 6-foot-1, tough-looking kid talked with a Southern accent. "That's Alberta, not Alabama," Berube chided the embarrassed Philly press corps. Sixteen years later, one of the toughest and most beloved of heavyweight enforcers played in his 1,000th NHL game last night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
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April 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL swallowed hard before the words dribbled out of his mouth. Craig Berube is still the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, but Hextall isn't sure for how much longer. The Flyers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs 19 days ago, but Hextall said that wasn't enough time. "The wait is that I'm going to be methodical," Hextall said. "I want to make the right decision. I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's going like it's supposed to be done.
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January 27, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ON SUNDAY NIGHT Vinny Lecavalier, the worst free-agent signing in Flyers history, scored his fourth goal in nine games as a Los Angeles King. Monday morning, Jordan Weal sent tremors through Flyerland when he skated with the second power-play unit as the Flyers again scrambled to find scoring, now hoping to end a two-game skid that, left unchecked, could sabotage their tenuous playoff hopes. Weal's practice time heightened two days of titters about Beal replacing R.J. Umberger, who hadn't scored a goal since Donald Trump was just a reality TV star.
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April 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is expected to announce Wednesday whether Craig Berube will remain as his head coach. Berube has another year left on his contract, but a disappointing season has the coach on the hot seat. The Flyers went 33-31-18, finished sixth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division, and missed the playoffs. Several Flyers offered support for Berube as they cleaned out their lockers Monday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Berube, 49, said he is not concerned about rumors that he will be replaced.
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March 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the newest Flyer, Radko Gudas, life is good. The rugged defenseman, acquired along with first- and third-round draft picks in the deal that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay, is healing after knee surgery, is expecting his first child (a girl) in two weeks, and is being reunited with his longtime friend from the Czech Republic, Jake Voracek. "I'm happy to be on a team that wants me," he said Wednesday after arriving at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. "It's always exciting to be a part of something new. " Gudas, 24, who said his father (Leo, a onetime Calgary draftee)
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June 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MOVING to a number of different franchises throughout hockey, Gord Murphy is returning to the place where his career began. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday that Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach to serve under Craig Berube. Murphy, 47, will coach the Flyers' defense. He and Berube were teammates together for parts of three seasons, from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 - most recently working with Florida under Kevin Dineen before he was fired on Nov. 8, 2013.
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October 8, 1989 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers once again will attempt to earn their first victory of the season when they play the Jets tonight at Winnipeg Arena (Channel 57, 8:05). The Flyers, who have been beaten by the New Jersey Devils, 6-2, and the Washington Capitals, 5-3, in their first two games, again will be using a makeshift lineup. Center Dave Poulin, who was injured in the opening game, did not make this trip, and he is expected to be out until at least Thursday because of a deep abdominal bruise.
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January 27, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ON SUNDAY NIGHT Vinny Lecavalier, the worst free-agent signing in Flyers history, scored his fourth goal in nine games as a Los Angeles King. Monday morning, Jordan Weal sent tremors through Flyerland when he skated with the second power-play unit as the Flyers again scrambled to find scoring, now hoping to end a two-game skid that, left unchecked, could sabotage their tenuous playoff hopes. Weal's practice time heightened two days of titters about Beal replacing R.J. Umberger, who hadn't scored a goal since Donald Trump was just a reality TV star.
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October 31, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The nicest thing we can say about Hakstol Hockey so far is that at least the Flyers did not show up late to the starting gate the way they had in the two previous seasons. Already they have quality victories against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers. That does not mean this first season with Dave Hakstol as head coach is going to end any differently than Craig Berube's only full season as head coach did a year ago. In fact, the two teams are a lot more similar than you might think.
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October 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Vinny Lecavalier had something in common last season: Both couldn't understand why they were not always in coach Craig Berube's lineup. Berube has been replaced by new coach Dave Hakstol. Subsequently, all the players were given a clean slate during training camp. Everyone was given a chance to show he deserved playing time. Based on the preseason, however, it appears that just one of the aforementioned veterans will have a regular job. That player is Del Zotto, who is regarded as a key component on a defense that hopes to push the pace and join the offense at every opportunity.
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September 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New coach, new season, new attitude. That's the Flyers' mantra as they open training camp in Voorhees on Friday morning under demanding Dave Hakstol, who is just the third coach in history to go directly from the NCAAs to his first head-coaching job in the NHL. "He brings a fresh perspective," winger Wayne Simmonds said after taking part in an unofficial practice with most of his teammates Wednesday. Hakstol replaces Craig Berube, whose team went 33-31-18 last season and missed the playoffs.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
DAVE HAKSTOL arrived at Flyers training camp Monday, when prospects reported, ready to get to work at his first training camp as a head coach in the NHL. The former University of North Dakota coach was wearing orange and black from head-to-toe, having traded in the green and white of UND for the big time. He was sporting a new haircut, too. "It's a new year," Hakstol said with a laugh. Those four words seem to be the most popular and perhaps most crucial around Flyers training camp, which gets underway in its entirety today when on-ice workouts with the entire group commence.
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September 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just because general manager Ron Hextall, whose franchise has many promising prospects who may not be quite NHL-ready, is building toward the future doesn't mean the Flyers won't be a factor in this season's playoff hunt. That was the sentiment of Ed Snider, the team's longtime chairman, during an interview Thursday at his Wells Fargo Center office. "I think Hexy saying he is going to be patient with the kids was misinterpreted that he was being patient with wanting to win," said Snider, 82, looking trim and tanned.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE'S ONLY so much new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol can see when he looks at video from last season. That's not an indictment of how poorly the Flyers played; it's more about Hakstol's method of evaluation. And if Hakstol isn't forming opinions of returning players based on their play on a television screen, there will be a whole lot of healthy competition when the team hits the ice at training camp. "You can overanalyze things," Hakstol said. "I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video [I watch]
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July 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers signed backup goalie Michal Neuvirth on Wednesday and gained an insurance policy in case starter Steve Mason has another injury-plagued season. Both goalies were selected in the 2006 draft. Neuvirth was chosen by Washington in the second round with the 34th overall pick, 35 slots before Mason, who went in the third round (69th overall) to Columbus. The Flyers signed Neuvirth to a two-year deal for $3.25 million, with an annual salary-cap hit of $1.625 million. Neuvirth, 27, a Czech Republic native, spent last season with Buffalo and the New York Islanders, and has a seven-year career record of 66-63-17 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
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June 22, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
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May 27, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It's no wonder the players on the Tampa Bay Lightning have respected and responded to Jon Cooper, now in his second full season as head coach. They can look behind their bench and know the guy standing there was a great player in his time, a four-year letterman at Hofstra University . . . in lacrosse. And it's far from a shock that the Anaheim Ducks have gotten deep into the conference finals this season because they have a coach in Bruce Boudreau who played for 20 years, all but 141 games in the minors, then needed 15 years as a minor-league coach before getting his shot in the NHL. This is his eighth season in the NHL and the first time he has gotten a team beyond the second round of the playoffs.
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