The Bracknell Bees are saddened to have learnt of the passing of junior coaching legend Dennis Herbert over the weekend. Dennis was the Bees first junior coach back in 1987 and was loved and admired by many of boys and girls, Mums and Dads that were involved in ice hockey at Bracknell over the years. Some of the players are still playing senior level ice hockey to this very day.
Dennis was born in 1931 and started his ice hockey career around 1949. He played for the Kingston Knights and while playing for them he was called up for two years national service. After completing his national service in 1951 he returned to ice hockey and played for the Richmond Ambassadors, from there he joined the Earl’s Court Marlboroughs. He travelled all around UK and Ireland during this time. In 1952 he was part of the winning team that won the BIHA Amateur Cup.
Dennis, together with Jamie Craiper, were the day one coaches that taught many youngsters to skate and play, in those days there were simply the Bumblebees U12s, the Stingers U16s, the Drones U21s and the Queen Bees all with very limited ice training time. Dennis put a tremendous amount of effort and time into the junior program after trying out for Fulham FC in his youth. Despite being offered a position he turned it down to play ice hockey for the Wembley Lions.
In his later life Dennis worked for British Aerospace and joined the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) in Arborfield as a training instructor. A lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan Dennis is survived by his daughter Carol.
The Bracknell Bees players, management and volunteers extend their deepest sympathies to Dennis’s family and friends at this unfortunate time.