Maple Leafs hire Craig Berube as head coach

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Craig Berube as their new head coach, the team announced on Friday.

Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports that Berube’s contract is a four-year deal.

Berube spent the last five seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup with them in 2019 and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award that season.

Following his cup victory with the Blues. St. Louis made the playoffs for the next three seasons before missing the playoffs in 2023. In the 2023-24 season, the Blues fired Berube after beginning the season 13-14-1.

Before coaching St. Louis, Berube was head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2013-15.

Berube had a solid NHL career playing in 1,054 games from 1986-2003, picking up 159 and 3,149 penalty minutes. He is no stranger to the Leafs organization, having played 40 games with the Leafs in the 91-92 season before being a part of the trade that brought Doug Gilmour to Toronto.

Berube takes over for Sheldon Keefe, who they fired last week after five seasons.

This is the first head coach general manager Brad Treliving has hired in his tenure with the Maple Leafs.

Berube will be the 32nd head coach in Maple Leafs history. The club will introduce him on Tuesday at the Ford Performance Centre.

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