Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Berube
Since entering the NHL in 1986-87, left-winger Craig Berube has been an enforcer and grinder on six different NHL clubs. His style was simply to play the man and stand up to the toughest players on the opposition. The veteran has also become a positive influence in the dressing room.

Berube played with the Williams Lake entry in the PCJHL before joining the Kamloops Junior Oilers of the WHL. He was an enforcer on the New Westminster Bruins and registered a 25-goal season in 1984-85. After graduating from junior in 1986, he was signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers

The hard-nosed forward spent most of his first two pro seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Beginning in 1988-89 he was a regular with the Flyers for three years. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in May 1991 but ended up in Toronto before the 1991-92 season started as he was part of the deal involving Grant Fuhr and Vincent Damphousse.

Berube formed a solid grinding line with Mike Foligno and Mike Krushelnyski during the first two months of the season. A season-ending injury to Foligno broke up the line and left Berube looking for a different spot in the line-up. In January 1992 he was part of the ten-player deal that brought Doug Gilmour to the Maple Leafs. Berube spent the 1992-93 season on the strong Flames before he was traded to the Washington Capitals.

The veteran winger found a semi-permanent home in the U.S. capital for the first time in his career. He spent nearly six seasons there and was a part of the club's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. Berube rejoined Philadelphia late in 1998-99 then started bouncing around the league again. He split the 2000-01 season between the Capitals and the New York Islanders before returning to Calgary in 2001-02 where he played his 1,000th career NHL game.

In 2003-04 Berube joined the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms after signing as a free agent on November 18, 2003, and was named a player/assistant coach on January 29, 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP 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 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 0 0 0 57 +2 5 0 0 0 17
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 63 7 17 24 325
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 3 2 5 108 +1
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 31 5 9 14 119
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 1 1 2 199 -15 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 -7
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 8 9 17 293 -6
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 5 7 12 109 -2
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 36 1 4 5 155 -3
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 77 4 8 12 209 -6 6 0 1 1 21
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 84 7 7 14 305 -4 8 0 0 0 21
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 43 2 4 6 173 -5 7 0 0 0 29
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 50 2 10 12 151 +1 2 0 0 0 19
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 80 4 3 7 218 -11
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 74 6 9 15 189 -3 21 1 0 1 21
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 66 5 4 9 166 -7
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 0 0 0 28 -3 6 1 0 1 4
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 8 12 162 +3 18 1 0 1 23
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 1 1 18 -3
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 38 0 2 2 54 -5
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 66 3 1 4 164 -2
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 55 2 4 6 100 -6
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 33 0 6 6 134 -6
NHL Totals 1054 61 98 159 3149 89 3 1 4 211


Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, March 19, 1986. Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Craig Fisher and Scott Mellanby for Dave Brown, Corey Foster and Jari Kurri, May 30, 1991. Traded to Toronto by Edmonton with Grant Fuhr and Glenn Anderson for Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Scott Thornton and Luke Richardson, September 19, 1991. Traded to Calgary by Toronto with Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman, Michel Petit and Jeff Reese for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville, January 2, 1992. Traded to Washington by Calgary for Washington's 5th round pick (Darryl Lafrance) in 1993 NHL Draft, June 26, 1993. Traded to Philadelphia by Washington for cash, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 7, 2000. Traded to NY Islanders by Washington for Vancouver's 9th round pick (previously acquired, Washington selected Robert Muller) in 2001 NHL Draft, January 11, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 18, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (AHL), November 18, 2003.
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