Craig Berube Head Coach
Craig Berube was named Chicago Wolves head coach on June 29, 2016. This marks Berube’s 12th season as a coach, which includes two seasons as the head coach for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.
The 50-year-old Calahoo, Alberta, native spent 11 years as a coach in the Philadelphia organization prior to joining the Wolves. He signed during the 2003-04 season to serve as a player/assistant coach for the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms. In 2006, he was promoted to Phantoms head coach, but worked only six games (3-2-1-0) before accepting a job as Flyers assistant.
After completing the 2006-07 season with the Flyers, Berube returned to the Phantoms and guided the team to a 46-27-4-3 record (.619) and a berth in the East Division Final. Berube rejoined the Flyers coaching staff for the 2008-09 season and served as an assistant until being elevated to the head-coaching spot 3 games into the 2013-14 season. He directed the Flyers to third place in the Metropolitan Division and a Stanley Cup Playoffs bid. He also handled the 2014-15 season and posted a 75-58-28 record (.553) during his Flyers tenure.
Prior to his coaching career, Berube played in the NHL from 1987-2003. During his 17-season career, which featured stops with Philadelphia, Toronto, Calgary, Washington and the New York Islanders, Berube notched 61 goals, 98 assists and 3,149 penalty minutes during 1,054 regular-season games. He stands seventh on the NHL’s all-time list for penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound left wing also made 89 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances and contributed 3 goals and 1 assist. He played for the Washington Capitals in the 1998 Stanley Cup Final.
Berube and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Jake and Nashota, and one daughter, Charlotte.
Darryl Sydor Assistant Coach
Two-time Stanley Cup champion Darryl Sydor joined the Chicago Wolves as an assistant coach on July 25, 2016.
Sybor, 44, spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild (NHL). The Wild posted a regular-season record of 188-143-45 (.560) during his tenure behind the bench and earned Stanley Cup Playoff berths each of the last four years. He entered the coaching profession with the Houston Aeros (AHL) in 2010-11.
Prior to becoming a coach, the Edmonton, Alberta, native enjoyed a 19-year NHL career that included All-Star Game appearances in 1998 and 1999. Selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the seventh overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound defenseman jumped from the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) to the Kings at the age of 19.
Sydor stacked up 98 goals and 409 assists in 1,291 regular-season games for the Kings, Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.
He contributed 9 goals and 47 assists in 155 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, which featured Stanley Cup triumphs with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004. He also played in the Stanley Cup Final with Los Angeles in 1993, Dallas in 2000 and Pittsburgh in 2008.
Daniel Tkaczuk Assistant Coach
Daniel Tkaczuk joined the Chicago Wolves as an assistant coach on July 25, 2016.
Tkaczuk, 37, spent the last four seasons coaching in the Ontario Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach for Kitchener last season and helped the Rangers reach the second round of the OHL playoffs. He spent 2012-15 with the Owen Sound Attack.
The Toronto native was the No. 6 overall selection by the Calgary Flames in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Tkaczuk posted 4 goals and 7 assists in 19 NHL games with the Flames in 2000-01.
He appeared in 286 regular-season AHL games – suiting up for the Saint John Flames, Worcester IceCats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Syracuse Crunch, Rochester Americans and Hartford Wolf Pack — and notched 59 goals and 109 assists. In 2001, he delivered 10 goals and 9 assists in 14 postseason games to help Saint John capture the Calder Cup.
Prior to playing in the NHL, Tkaczuk was a member of Team Ontario who earned gold at the World U-17 in 1995 and played for Team Canada at the World Juniors in 1998 and 1999 — winning a silver medal in 1999.
Bob Nardella Assistant Coach/Skills Development Coach
One of the most accomplished players in Chicago Wolves history, Bob Nardella is in his third year as an assistant coach for the franchise.
Nardella ranks second on the team’s all-time regular-season list for games (476), fifth in assists (239) and sixth in points (298) after spending six full and three partial seasons with the Wolves. He was a key player when Chicago captured the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups as well as the 2002 Calder Cup.
The 48-year-old Melrose Park native made his Wolves debut during the team’s inaugural season in 1994-95. After spending one season in Italy and another in Germany – punctuated by his first of two appearances in the Winter Olympics with Italy’s national team – Nardella returned to the Wolves from 1997 to 2002.
The defenseman posted 48 points in 65 regular-season games and 18 points in 22 playoff games during the run to the 1998 Turner Cup. Nardella provided 46 points in 77 regular-season games and 13 points in 16 postseason games in 2000 while earning Second All-Star Team recognition in the International Hockey League. He added 26 points in 52 regular-season games and 14 points in 24 games during the 2002 Calder Cup playoffs.
Nardella ranks second on the Wolves’ all-time postseason list in games (101), fourth in points (61), fourth in assists (44), and seventh in goals (17).
Nardella, who owns and operates R.J.N. Supplies Inc., lives in Rosemont with his wife, Alicia, and their sons, Bobby and Nicholas.
Kevin Kacer, ATC Athletic Trainer
Kevin Kacer, ATC, became the Wolves head athletic trainer in 1995 after being an assistant athletic trainer with the Detroit Pistons from 1993-95. Before that, he served as the head athletic trainer for the Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury (1991-93); the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets (1990-91); and the National Professional Soccer League’s Fort Wayne Flames (1988-90).
Kacer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the head student trainer from 1983-87. He gained experience as a volunteer trainer at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne from 1983-87 and at the 1986 Pan American Games in Indianapolis.
The 51-year-old is a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and American College of Sports Medicine.
Kacer and his wife, Jill, have a daughter, Madison, and two sons, Cameron and Nolan, and reside in the western suburbs.
Craig Kogut Equipment Manager
Craig Kogut is in his 23rd season with the Wolves and 22nd as the team’s head equipment manager. The 54-year-old Maywood native handled the Wolves assistant equipment manager role during the team’s inaugural 1994-95 season.
A member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM), Kogut has worked more than 1,800 games for the Wolves. He also served as assistant equipment manager with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1984-85 season. The 1980 Proviso East High School graduate worked as a store manager for K & K Sports from 1989-94.
Kogut and his wife, Anna, have a daughter, Lisamarie, and a son, D.J., and reside in the western suburbs.
Evan Levy Strength and Conditioning Coach
Evan Levy is in his fourth season as the Wolves strength and conditioning coach. Prior to joining the organization, Levy spent three years in the same role for the Peoria Rivermen.
Levy also has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) based in Woburn, Mass. At MSBC, Levy trained college and professional athletes during the offseason and also assisted the Anaheim Ducks with their 2010 preseason prospect camp.
The St. Louis, Mo., native earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Arizona State University.
Stan Dubicki Goaltending Coach
Stan Dubicki is in his eighth season as the Wolves goaltending coach. Prior to joining the organization, he spent five years working at Wendell Young’s Goaltending Academy.
In addition to his duties with the Wolves, the 52-year-old Dubicki serves as the head coach for the Maine girls hockey co-op team (which includes Maine East, Maine South and Maine West high schools) and as goalie coach for Fenwick High School’s and Oak Park-River Forest’s boys teams.
Dubicki and his wife, Carla, and daughter, Nicole, live in Schiller Park.