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Craig Berube

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: Former NHL left winger for Philadelphia, Toronto, Calgary, the New York Islanders and Washington. Currently an assistant coach with the Flyers.

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 205 pounds

DOB: Dec. 17, 1965 In: Calahoo, Alta.



Hockey Inspirations:
"I think, growing up where I lived, we only had two or three channels. The only hockey we got on TV was the Montreal Canadians most of the time on Hockey Night In Canada. So I grew up a Guy Lafleur fan more than anybody."



Nicknames:
"Chief. Been called it since I was a teenager."



Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
"Well, I have a family now, but I golf a lot. I like all sports, to be honest with you. Any sport, anything like that, I like to do."



Favorite Movies:
"Raging Bull, Casino, Goodfellas."

Favorite TV Shows: "I have one show that I like - Dennis Leary’s show; the firefighter show: Rescue Me. I don't watch a lot of TV except for sports."



Musical Tastes:
"Neil Young, (Bob) Dylan, Allman Brothers, kind of the old stuff, Stones."



First Hockey Memory:
"Playing outside on a pond, an open rink, growing up. Cleaning the snow off the pond and playing shinny hockey out there with some friends."



First Job:
"Construction with my dad (Roger), building roads."



Current Car:
"I got a Tahoe."



Favorite Meal:
"Steak."



Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Vanilla."



Pre-game Feeling:
"As a coach - relaxed. As a player - I was intense, you know, but I was relaxed also. I could sit there and talk, I liked to talk before the game. And just cruise around and screw around a little bit. Get loose. And then once the puck dropped, the intensity kicked in and we were ready to roll."



Greatest Sports Moment:
"One of the biggest thrills was I scored a goal on Dale Hunter's 1,000th point. It was pretty exciting for me. I wasn't a scorer or anything, but I got the opportunity to play with him at the end of his career. That was a thrill for me. He was a great player and one of my best friends."



Most Painful Moment:
"I guess losing in the Stanley Cup final; Philadelphia vs. Edmonton and then with Washington against Detroit."



Favorite Uniforms:
"Flyers."



Favorite Arena To Play:
"Madison Square Garden."



Funny Hockey Memory:
"We were in the playoffs against Buffalo, I was with Washington and Dale Hunter was a big prankster, screwing around, doing things. We got a guy to take care of his vehicle when we were gone on a road trip. We came back, his tires were all off. His truck was up on stilts or whatever you call them - stands. So he walks around the corner and his truck is up like that (laughs). It was pretty funny to see that at the time."



Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"Oh, there's a lot of those with me. Getting punched in a fight; getting knocked out. But I got up right away and didn't know what was going on. That was probably the most embarrassing thing for me. It was at the Spectrum, too. (Against who?) I can't remember. It wasn't a guy who was really tough. He was fighting out of fear and he hit me, caught me and I went down. But I got up right away and asked the linesman, “Who sucker-punched me?"



Closest NHL Friends:
"I got a few, want me to name 'em all? (Three or four?) Dale Hunter, Keith Jones, Rick Tocchet, Chris Therien. I keep in contact with all those guys and am pretty close to all of them."



Funniest Players Encountered:
"Chris Therien is very funny. Keith Jones is very funny."



Toughest Competitors:
"Oh, Bob Probert is probably one of the toughest I've ever scrapped with in my life. Scrapped about seven, eight times - always a battle."



Most Memorable Goal:
"I scored a playoff goal against Buffalo on Dominik Hasek to win the game. Big goal. Also scored one here (Philadelphia) against the Devils in the semifinal. The one on Buffalo was a semifinal also. Those were two of the most memorable goals I scored."



Favorite Players To Watch
: "In the past, Gretzky, Lemieux, all those guys were great to watch. So many great players in my era when I played. Seemed every team had a superstar. In today's game there are so many, we've got guys on our team I enjoy watching - Richards, Carter, Gagne. Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, so many great players."

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