Berube named head coach of Phantoms

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that Craig Berube has been named head coach of the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Berube, an assistant coach with the Phantoms since 2004, was promoted to replace John Stevens, who has been named an assistant coach for the Flyers. Kjell Samuelsson will remain with the Phantoms as an assistant coach.

Berube, 40, joined the Phantoms organization after signing as a free agent on Nov. 18, 2003, and was named a player/assistant coach on Jan. 29, 2004. He recorded six assists and 134 penalty minutes in 33 regular-season games for the Phantoms during the 2003-04 season, his 18th and final professional season.

Berube was behind the bench as an assistant when the Phantoms won the Calder Cup championship in 2005.

Over parts of 17 NHL seasons (1986-2003), Berube registered 61 goals and 98 assists for 159 points and 3,149 penalty minutes in 1,054 career regular-season games for the Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. His 3,149 career penalty minutes ranks seventh on the NHL’s all-time list.