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Samer Dagher
May 20, 2024  (4:49 PM)
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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Craig Berube
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Some Toronto Maple Leafs fans are outraged after disturbing information about new head coach Craig Berube surfaced on social media.

The Leafs management halted their search for a new coach and decided to hire Craig Berube. The decision was confirmed last week, but just days later, Berube is already facing scrutiny.
During his NHL playing days, Berube was known as an enforcer who often disrupted opponents by any means necessary. However, he crossed the line in a 1997 game.
Berube was suspended for one game for using a racial slur against an opponent.
The Los Angeles Times reported on the incident at the time:
"Craig Berube of the Washington Capitals was suspended for one game without pay on Tuesday for calling Florida's Peter Worrell, who is black, a «monkey» during an on-ice scuffle on Sunday."


While such behavior is entirely unacceptable today, Berube did apologize and served his suspension. This past incident does not necessarily impact his ability to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs and lead them to a Stanley Cup.
However, any repeat offenses would undoubtedly bring severe consequences, as evidenced by the situation with Edmonton Oilers' assistant coach and NHL legend Paul Coffey, who is currently under investigation for a racist gesture made during a recent game:
"The Oilers were leading & Paul Coffey turned to make racist hand gestures toward a fan's turban, mocking his head. The Canucks game back and won in regulation. Karma is real. Hope Paul is held responsible for his actions."

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