Maple Leafs captain John Tavares reacts to Craig Berube's hiring

Tom Banks
May 18, 2024  (5:48 PM)

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs officially have their latest Head Coach, and at the World Championship, captain John Tavares has reacted to the huge news.

On Friday, the Maple Leafs finally announced Craig Berube as their newest Head Coach, and after a big win against Finland, John Tavares has now commented on the massive hire for the first time.
"I don't know him at all, just connected with him via text early this morning. It's what I woke up to. Obviously very difficult to see 'Keefer' go, but part of the game at times, and for us as players, it's on us to do a better job. With Craig coming in, he's going to help us with that.

"I'm excited to work with him. He's got a tremendous pedigree. [General manager Brad Treliving] sent a quick note out to myself as well, just about the excitement of bringing him in and how he can help our group. That process has already begun and we're looking forward to having him."

After working with Sheldon Keefe for the past five years, it makes sense that Tavares would have mixed emotions about a new coach, but with the reputation Berube brings to the table, the team should be excited about a new direction. Tavares and the entire city of Toronto are looking towards a Stanley Cup, and it appears their captain is confident that Berube can help them take that next step.
"As time goes on and Craig comes in the page turns and we're looking forward to what he brings and how he can help us get to where we want to get to and that's obviously reaching the ultimate goal," Tavares said. "It's what our expectations are and what we want to deliver."

Berube clearly has the passion and the Stanley Cup experience, and now the 58-year old takes over one of the toughest jobs in the NHL with all the pressure in the world, so now we look towards the summer where the Leafs are expected to make some big changes to their lineup.
Source: NHL.com
Tavares says new coach Berube can help Maple Leafs reach ‘ultimate goal'
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