Ian Herbers

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Ian Herbers
Ian Herbers.jpg
Born (1967-07-18) July 18, 1967 (age 49)
Jasper, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 190th overall, 1987
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1992–2005

Ian Herbers (born July 18, 1967) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.


Herbers was drafted in the tenth round, 190th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.


Herbers played four seasons in the Western Hockey League coached by Graham James, Played with Joe Sakic, followed by four seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, earning a bachelor's degree in physical education and winning the national championship in 1992 before going professional.[1][2] He made his pro debut with the Cape Breton Oilers, won the Calder Cup of the American Hockey League in the 1992–93 season.[2] He made it to the NHL in the 1993–94 season, appearing in 22 games with the Edmonton Oilers.

Herbers would not find his way to the NHL again until the 1999–2000 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning then traded him to the New York Islanders on March 9, 2000, in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

After finishing the season with the Islanders, Herbers was left unprotected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft and was picked by the Minnesota Wild. After spending the 2000–01 season with the Wild's International Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Lumberjacks, Herbers went to Great Britain. He played for the Ayr Scottish Eagles of the British Ice Hockey Superleague for one season and the Guildford Flames of the British National League for another. He briefly returned to North American hockey in the 2003–04 season, playing in four games for the United Hockey League's Flint Generals, before retiring.

Coaching career[edit]

Herbers became an assistant coach with the AHL San Antonio Rampage in 2004 before the lockout. From the AHL, Herbers then moved to the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2005. He spent two years there, before being named the head coach of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs in 2007. On 5 August 2009, he became an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. On November 28, 2011, after the departure of Kirk Muller to the Carolina Hurricanes, Herbers was named head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. In late May 2012 Herbers left the Milwaukee Admirals to begin coaching the men's hockey team at his alma mater, the University of Alberta.

He spent three seasons as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears, earning Canada West Coach of the Year honours in his inaugural seasonand leading the team to three Canada West conference championships and consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.[2]

Herbers also served as a coach for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, where they won a bronze medal.[1]

In July 2015 he was hired as an assistant coach by the Edmonton Oilers.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gutsch, Matt (July 14, 2015). "Herbers joins Oilers coaching staff". University of Alberta-News and Events. University of Alberta. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Oilers hire Ian Herbers". Edmonton Oilers-News. nhl.com. July 14, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
Preceded by
Frank Anzalone
Head coaches of the Johnstown Chiefs
Succeeded by
Jeff Flanagan