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.