Oilers hire Ian Herbers as assistant coach


Ian Herbers joins the Oilers after a successful stint as head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears. (Liam Richards/CP)

Ian Herbers has been hired as the last assistant coach on the Edmonton Oilers staff.

He was the head coach at the University of Alberta, where he won two national titles. Herbers also played for U of A.

The Buffalo Sabres selected Herbers in the 10th round of the 1987 NHL draft. He collected five assists and 79 PIMs over 65 NHL games, 22 of which were with the Oilers in 1993-94.

The 47-year-old Herbers rounds out Todd McLellan’s coaching staff and joins Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, who McLellan brought with him from San Jose.

Edmonton’s entire coaching staff has changed from the end of last season. Gone are Todd Nelson, Craig Ramsay, Keith Acton and Rocky Thompson.

Still to be decided is what the Oilers will do with goalie coach Dustin Schwartz. He was involved in the rookie camp but there’s no official word either way on his status.

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