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Berube Named as Assistant Coach

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Craig Berube has been named assistant coach, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. In addition, the team announced that John Paddock has been named head coach of the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.


“Craig will bring new energy to the Flyers’ coaching staff,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “His knowledge of, and experience with, many of our young players will be invaluable.”

“John Paddock will bring tremendous experience and leadership to the Phantoms. We are fortunate to have John working with, and helping to develop, our young prospects.”
Craig Berube guided the Phantoms to a 46-27-4-3 record in 2007-08. (Getty Images)

“I’m very happy to get a chance to return to the NHL with the Flyers,” said Berube. “A year ago, going back down to the Phantoms (as their head coach) was a good opportunity for me to get experience and to show that I could be a head coach. Now, getting a chance to go back to the NHL, especially with the Flyers, is a good opportunity for me, too.”

“Sometimes you just can’t let opportunities go by,” said Paddock. “It wasn’t something that I was planning on when it happened this late in the summer. When Paul called, it was an opportunity that presented itself that I couldn’t let go by. There are so many people in the organization that I’ve worked with, coached, and played with, that there were too many signs pointing to it being a good thing.”

Berube, 42, rejoins the Flyers’ coaching staff after serving as the Phantoms’ head coach for the 2007-08 season. The Phantoms posted a 46-27-4-3 record to finish second in the AHL’s East Division and advanced to the East Division Finals last season. Over parts of the last two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08), Berube compiled a 49-29-5-3 record as head coach of the Phantoms. Berube was renamed the Phantoms’ head coach on June 4, 2007 after serving as assistant coach for the Flyers for part of the 2006-07 season.

Previously, he had served as the Phantoms’ head coach for the first six games of the 2006-07 season, posting a 3-2-1 record before being named an assistant coach for the Flyers on October 23, 2006. He was originally named head coach of the Phantoms on June 14, 2006.

Prior to being named head coach of the Phantoms, Berube served as an assistant coach for the team for parts of three seasons (2003-04 through 2005-06). He joined the Phantoms organization after signing as a free agent on November 18, 2003, and was named a player/assistant coach on January 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.

Over parts of 17 NHL seasons (1986-87 through 2002-03), 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.

Over parts of seven seasons with the Flyers (1986-87 through 1990-91, 1998-99 and 1999-2000), Berube recorded 20 goals and 34 assists for 54 points and 1,138 penalty minutes in 323 regular season games. His 1,138 penalty minutes ranks ninth on the Flyers’ All-Time List. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Flyers on March 19, 1986.

Berube joins Jack McIlhargey, Joe Mullen and Reggie Lemelin as assistant coaches for the Flyers.
John Paddock most recently served as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators. (Getty Images)

Paddock, 54, joins the Phantoms after compiling a 36-23-6 record as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators during the 2007-08 season. Over parts of five NHL seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets (1991-92 to 1994-95) and Ottawa (2007-08), Paddock has registered a 142-161-43 record. In addition to his NHL head coaching experience, Paddock has served as a head coach in the AHL for five different teams (Maine Mariners – 1981-82, 1983-84 and 1984-85, Hershey Bears – 1985-86 through 1988-89, Binghamton Rangers - 1990-91, Hartford Wolf Pack – 1999-2000 through 2001-02 and Binghamton Senators – 2002-03 through 2004-05) over 14 seasons. He has led the Flyers’ AHL affiliate to two Calder Cup Championships (with Maine in 1984 and Hershey in 1988). He is the only coach to lead three different franchises to Calder Cup Championships (Maine in 1984, Hershey in 1988 and Hartford in 2000). He won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the outstanding head coach in the AHL, while with Hershey, for the 1987-88 season. His 542-392-93 career record ranks third all-time in AHL coaching victories.

In addition to his head coaching experience, Paddock has also served as assistant general manager of the Flyers during the 1989-90 season and of the Jets for two seasons (1995-96 and 1996-97) and as a scout for the New York Rangers for two seasons (1997-98 and 1998-99).

He appeared in 87 career NHL regular season games over the parts of five seasons with the Washington Capitals (1975-76), Flyers (1976-77, 1979-80 and 1982-83) and Quebec Nordiques (1980-81), recording eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points and 86 penalty minutes. He registered five goals and eight assists for 13 points and 49 penalty minutes in 47 games for the Flyers. As a player, he was a member of two Calder Cup Champions, with Maine in 1978 and 1979. He was originally drafted by Washington in the third round (37th overall) of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft.

Joining Paddock on the Phantoms’ coaching staff are Associate Coach Kjell Samuelsson, who will return for his ninth season, and Neil Little, who will be back for his second season as the team’s goaltending coach.
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