Post-Blues Berube humbled to teach his Warminster campers about the game

Paul Kurtz
July 11, 2019 - 11:50 am
Craig Berube

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Wearing a St. Louis Blues hat and windbreaker, Craig Berube's head swiveled around as he watched his campers glide back and forth on the ice.  

Although a ways away from Missouri, the former Flyers head coach still lives in Bucks County — and still leads his annual summer hockey camp in Warminster.

After going over some fundamentals for a couple hours, he and his staff finally dropped the puck and let the star-struck campers play.

The weeklong camp hasn't changed over the years — even after the 18-year Flyers veteran became a St. Louis icon last month by leading the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup win.

Still, he said that doesn't change the way he leads future NHL players.

"It has nothing to do with that," he said. "It's about coming out here and just playing hockey in the summertime and learning some things. Also, just having some fun.

"My kids grew up and played hockey here, and my oldest kid played here," he continued, "so I've been associated with this rink for quite some time. It's nice to come out and work with the kids a little bit."

Berube can downplay winning the Stanley Cup all he wants, but it very much remains in the minds of wide-eyed fans.
 
"It's just amazing. He's not just an NHL player, NHL coach. He's an NHL Stanley Cup champion, so it's pretty cool," said 12-year-old camper Jeremy Rayher.

"I could be yelled at by him and I'd still be like — it's just awesome," enthused Noah Archibald, 14.

Even camper Nash Berube — the coach's 9-year-old son — said he's noticed a difference in his dad's demeanor this week. 

"My dad yells a lot more because he wants us to be better hockey players and kind of, like, try to get us a Stanley Cup win," he said.

A lot of the campers said they are die-hard Flyers fans, but they adopted the Blues during their run to the title. But if, Gritty forbid, the Blues were to ever play the Flyers in the Stanley Cup final, who would they root for?

"I'd have to go for the Flyers," said Andrew Prete, 10.

"I want the Blues to win 'cause I hate the Flyers 'cause I'm a Penguins fan," countered 9-year-old Ethan Cenci.

Well, let's just hope it never comes to that.