Berube: "We Had To Fix The Locker Room"

Blues head coach Craig Berube explained how St. Louis went from worst to first in just over five months

Zach Gelb
June 17, 2019 - 1:07 pm
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On Jan. 3, the St. Louis Blues were the worst team in hockey. Just over five months later, they hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in franchise history.

How did that happen?

“We had to fix the locker room,” Blues head coach Craig Berube said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I didn’t think that we went on the ice night in and night out and really put it on the line for each other and played for each other. I thought that we played more as individuals out there and we didn’t put the team first enough. So that was the first thing that needed to be changed here.”

Berube, who became interim head coach after the Blues fired Mike Yeo in November, molded the team in his likeness: tough, intense, hard-nosed.

“It took a while, but I think once we got that in order, we had the players,” Berube said. “They’re good players. Once we got that in order and they started really working for each other out there and playing for each other, we became a good team. We started winning hockey games.”

The Blues went 16-10 in the postseason, needing seven games to outlast the Stars and Bruins. Their run to the Cup was worth the wait for a hockey-crazed city.

“The fans here are some of the best I’ve ever seen,” Berube said. “This town is a great sports town. The people are great people, and they love hockey. It’s unreal. To see that stadium packed, both stadiums like that, they’re great. They really are. It’s a real good sports town.”

Click below to listen to Berube’s interview in its entirety.