This road orange knit gamer by CCM was worn by Craig Berube during the 1987-88 NHL season. The Chief wreaked havoc on the opposition during his 17-year career. As one of the NHL’s premier enforcers Berube racked up 3149 PIMS, good for 7th on the all time list. His first 5 seasons, and parts of 7 in all, were spent with the Philadelphia Flyers with whom he began his career with a 7 game stint in 1986-87. Toronto, Calgary, Washington and the New York Islanders were The Chief’s other cities of residence during his career. Since retiring, Craig has been behind the bench for the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms.
This set of CCM ultrafils had a brief appearance during the 2nd half of the 1987-88 campaign and then made their way into the hobby straight from the Flyers locker room a couple of decades ago. All of the examples we’ve been privileged to handle have shared one common characteristic, light game wear. The original fight strap was removed and replaced with a customized skate lace style strap for Berube. The sleeves have been shortened and each wrist has been vented according to The Chief’s preferences. This gamer has been professionally dry cleaned to remove a personalization which at the same time removed most remnants of game use from its appearance. A small blood stain remains visible as does some popped stitching from fight abuse in the collar area while inner pilling is also apparent. Berube suited up in 27 contests and racked up 108 PIMS in 1987-88 making this gamer one of the earliest examples in the hobby.