Blues add three assistant coaches

11 months 1 week 3 days ago Thursday, June 15 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:49:00 PM CDT June 15, 2017 in Sports
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Anchor

ST. LOUIS - The Blues announced three new additions to their coaching staff Thursday, according to their team page.

St. Louis added Craig Berube as associate coach, Daniel Tkaczuk as an assistant/skills coach, and David Alexander as the team's goalie coach.

Alexander will be succeeding goalie legend Martin Brodeur as the team's goalie coach.

Brodeur is not returning to the position so he can focus on his role as assistant general manager.

Alexander is coming off four years as the goalie coach for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, a minor league affilliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"He's a younger coach but current with today's players and we think he's going to be really good for this organization," General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

Alexander knows goalie Jake Allen well. The two work together in the summer.

The pair of Berube and Tkaczuk are being brought up from St. Louis's AHL affillate, the Chicago Wolves.

Last year, Berube led the Wolves to their best record since the 2009-10 season.

"He's very consistent in his approach and I think the players like that," Armstrong said. "He understands right from wrong, he has values that are non-negotiable."

Tkaczuk served as an assistant coach on the team.

"Tkaczuk was great for us as young players," Blues forward Ivan Barbashev said in a statement."He shared his experience and taught us a lot about what it means to be a pro."

The additions should fill out the coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season, according to the team site.

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