Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today the club has hired Ian Herbers as an Assistant Coach.
Herbers, 47, has spent the past three seasons as Head Coach of the University of Alberta’s (U of A) Golden Bears. In 2014-15, he led the men’s hockey team to their second straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship.
The Jasper, Alberta native has enjoyed success at the U of A the past three seasons, posting a record of 72-12-0 against conference opponents, 12-1-0 record in conference playoffs, 7-1-0 record in CIS University Cup games, 28-5-0 record in non-conference play and an overall record of 119-19-0.
In 2013, Herbers was named the Canada West Coach of the Year in his inaugural season with the U of A. During his tenure, Herbers’ teams also captured three Canada West conference championships, two CIS national championship trophies and the Bears annually ranked as a top-three program in the nation in goals for, fewest goals against, power-play percentage, shots on goal, penalty killing and shorthanded goals.
Herbers also recently served as a coach for Team Canada this past April at the 2015 Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Switzerland, helping Canada capture a bronze medal.
Prior to joining the U of A, Herbers served as Head Coach for the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals during the 2011-12 season. He also spent time as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL, as well as with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit, and he served as Head Coach and General Manager for the Johnstown Chiefs in the ECHL.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Herbers graduated from the U of A and played four seasons with the Golden Bears (1988-92), winning a national championship in 1992. After turning pro he captured a Calder Cup title in 1993 with the Cape Breton Oilers and went on to a playing career that spanned over a decade, including 65 career National Hockey League games with the Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, recording five assists and 79 penalty minutes.