Jeremy Roenick Tells The Story Of When Craig Berube Punched Him
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Jeremy Roenick and now Flyers coach, Craig Berube, were both with the Flyers organization late in their careers. The two had their differences when Berube, or “Chief” was with the Flyers and Roenick was with the Blackhawks. Berube always promised Roenick he’d get him, and when the Flyers acquired Roenick, Berube got him.
“For two or three years, every time we played the Flyers, every time I would jump on the ice, Craig would stand up on the bench and start yelling at one of his players to get off the ice because he wanted to get on the ice to chase me around,” Roenick explain to Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis on the WIP Afternoon Show on Monday. “He would jump on the ice and chase me around and I would skate to the bench, and he would skate right to the bench and say ‘JR, I’m gonna f’n catch you, I’m gonna beat the tar out of you, I’m gonna get you one of these days.’ He did it for like two or three years.
So fast forward to when I’m in Philly and they hire Chief to a minor league contract where he’s gonna be player/coach. And the Phantoms locker room and the Flyers locker room, they’re connected together. Chief obviously feels very comfortable because he’s been part of the organization for a long time.
So he comes into the Flyers locker room where I’m getting ready and was just hangin out in the locker room and I go “Hey, Chief, what’s goin’ on?” and he goes “Hey JR, what’s goin on– BOOM.” Just slugs me. Just cracks me. And I kinda went down on one knee and I get up and he goes “I told ya I’d get ya.”
And believe it or not, we played golf later that day. With me, Boosh, Tocc and Chief.”