“Behind The ECHL Benches”
Ian Herbers, Johnstown Chiefs

Ian Herbers is in his second season as head coach of Johnstown having been named the team’s eighth head coach on June 18, 2007.

In his first season in 2007-08 the Chiefs were 36-30-6 and finished fourth in the North Division while reaching the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight season.

The 41 year old was an associate head coach for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-07, helping the Spirit reach the postseason in back-to-back seasons while going 81-51-5. He was an assistant coach for Saginaw in 2004-05 after working as an assistant coach for former Johnstown coach Scott Allen with San Antonio of the American Hockey League in 2003-04.

He played 12 years of professional hockey, including 65 games in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Islanders, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Selected in the 10th round (190th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, the former defenseman helped Cape Breton win the Calder Cup championship in 1993 and helped Detroit win the Turner Cup in the original International Hockey League in 1997. He played seven seasons in the IHL where he had 90 points (25g-65a) and 758 penalty minutes in 420 regular season games and 22 points (5g-17a) and 151 penalty minutes in 76 playoff games with Detroit and Cleveland.

He played three seasons in the AHL and had 57 points (15g-42a) and 355 penalty minutes in 166 regular season games and four assists and 28 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games for Cape Breton.