“I’m excited for this
opportunity. There is a great tradition of hockey here in
Herbers comes to the Chiefs from the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL where he was the associate head coach for the past two seasons and an assistant coach in 2004-05. The last two years he helped guide the Spirit to consecutive playoff berths and a combined 80-51-2-3 record. He spent the previous year in 2003-04 serving as an assistant to former Chiefs head coach Scott Allen with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
The 39 year old Jasper,
“He is going to be a solid
fit. Ian embodies the identity of the
team and the
Originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 10th round of the 1987 NHL entry draft, he was known as a rugged, physical defenseman. He racked up an astounding 468 penalty minutes in just 128 games in a two year span while playing junior hockey for the WHL Swift Current Broncos. His 65 game NHL career included 5 assists and 79 penalty minutes.
Herbers also played four years at
Former Saginaw Spirit head coach Bob Mancini had this to say. “The Johnstown Chiefs hit a home run today. Not only are they getting a quality hockey coach, but also a quality person. Ian Herbers is a tremendous developer of talent that has a great rapport with the players and strong desire to win.”
Ian is married to his wife,
Alina. They have two daughters, Nicole
and Jessica, and are in the process of relocating to the
The Chiefs kick off their 20th anniversary season on Thursday, Oct. 18 when they host the Wheeling Nailers at the War Memorial. For more information, call 1-800-SLAPSHOT.