Blues keep Berube; sign him to three-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The St. Louis Blues removed the interim tag from Craig Berube’s title. He has signed a three-year deal with the franchise to be their leader.

He was initially named the team’s interim head coach on Nov. 19, 2018. He replaced Mike Yeo, who was fired by the team after a few weeks into the season.

St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube arrives at the 2019 NHL Awards
Craig Berube arrives at the 2019 NHL Awards (Getty Images)

Berube guided the team to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June. He guided the team to a Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

With the Blues win, it was the second straight year that an NHL team won the Stanley Cup for the first-time. Last year, the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to win their first Stanley Cup Championship in June 2018.

The Blues also had to go through the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, and the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs before defeating the Bruins. St. Louis was 10-3 on the road during the playoffs.

Following his promotion to interim head coach, he guided the team to a 38-19-6 record. However, from Jan. 1, 2019, the team went 30-10-5.

St. Louis was just the seventh team in NHL history to go from worst place in the NHL standings at any point after New Year’s Day to the playoffs since 1967-68. The team went on an 11-game win streak from Jan. 23 to Feb. 19 that helped their turnaround.

The Blues also went 12-1-1 in February, which tied their franchise record for most wins in a month.

Berube was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.

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