The Flyers have announced that assistant coach Craig Berube has been named the 18th head coach in Flyers history. The announcement came on the heels of the team's firing of head coach Peter Laviolette. It was believed that Berube would carry the "interim head coach" tag in the beginning but that is not the case.
Berube, 48, has been a Flyers assistant coach since August 2008 but has been coaching with the organization since 2004. He was a Flyers assistant in 2006-07 before serving one season as head coach of the Phantoms in 2007-08 guiding them to a 49-27-7 record. As a player, Berube played parts of seven seasons in Philadelphia.
This is not the first time that Berube has been mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate.
Laviolette, 48, has had success in Philadelphia winning 47 games and topping 103 points in each of the last two full 82-game seasons. Overall with the Flyers he was 145-97-29 in 271 games since taking over for John Stevens in December 2009. He led the Flyers to an Eastern Conference Championship and trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.
Those around the league believe the Berube hiring is great for the team and many cite the players' love for Berube as one of the main reasons. It is believed that the Flyers will now be laying it all on the line for the coach.
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