James William "Jimmy" Herbert - Born October 31, 1897 in Cayuga, Ontario - Died December 5, 1968 in Buffalo, New York was a Canadian ice Hockey centre / right winger and referee.
Herbert was a original member of the Boston Bruins, signing as a free agent on November 2, 1924, making his NHL debut on December 1, 1924 vs the Montreal Maroons at Boston Arena (Matthews Arena), the very 1st NHL game played in Boston, as the Bruins won 2-1.
Herbert scored his 1st NHL goal vs John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Pats at 10:15 of the 2nd period in a 5-3 loss at Mutual Street Arena (Arena Gardens) in Toronto on December 3, 1924.
Herbert led the Bruins in both scoring and penalty minutes that first season. His feat would not be matched until the 1977–78 season, when Terry O'Reilly would lead the Bruins in scoring and penalty minutes.
Herbert's top season in the NHL was 1925–26, when he scored 26 goals and 5 five assists (31 points) in 36 games.
On December 21, 1927 Herbert was Traded by the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Cash and Eric Pettinger. He played 26 games for the Maple Leafs.
He was traded by Toronto to the NHL Detroit Cougars for Cash and Jack Arbour on April 8, 1928.
He later played in the International Hockey League / IHL for the London Panthers, Detroit Olympics, Syracuse Stars and Windsor Bulldogs before retiring at the start of the 1932-33 season.
He would become a referee in the Maritime League, then traveled to England, refereeing in the British Ice Hockey Association / BIHA.