HEAD COACH, ROCKFORD (AHL)
Ted Dent is in his fifth season as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and his 10th overall campaign as a coach for the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, which includes nine seasons in Rockford. During his first four seasons as Head Coach of the IceHogs, Dent helped guide the club to a 158-118-14-14 (.520) record and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games coached (304) and wins. The team returned to the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2015, sweeping the defending Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars in three games in the first round before falling to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the second round.
Dent has been instrumental in helping develop dozens of players who were called up from Rockford to Chicago during the past eight seasons, including current Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Scott Darling, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen. Six players skated for both the IceHogs and Blackhawks in 2014-15 and helped Chicago earn the organization’s third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Overall, 22 former IceHogs have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup after playing under Dent in Rockford. Last season, five IceHogs players made their NHL debuts with Chicago, and a total of 11 skaters saw time with the parent club.
Working alongside former Head Coaches Mike Haviland and Bill Peters from 2006 to 2011, the IceHogs posted a regular-season record of 216-145-17-22 and qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs in four of five seasons.
Prior to joining the Blackhawks organization, Dent was the Head Coach of the ECHL’s Columbia Inferno for the 2005-06 season. During the 2004-05 campaign, Dent was an Assistant Coach with the ECHL Kelly Cup champion Trenton Titans.
Dent played parts of four seasons in professional hockey. His top season came in 1993-94, when he potted 84 points in 67 games with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs. In 194 career games at the professional level, Dent totaled 198 points.
Dent played his college hockey at St. Lawrence University, graduating with a B.S. in sports management in 1992. During his time at St. Lawrence, the Saints won the ECAC Championship in 1989 and 1992, advancing to the NCAA tournament both seasons.
After Dent’s playing career ended, he worked with the Washington Capitals as a Video Coordinator from 1999 to 2004. In this role, Dent was responsible for pre-scouting upcoming opponents, working closely with the assistant coaches on the penalty kill along with preparing and breaking down video for system meetings.
Dent and his wife, Katherine, have three children: Dylan, Morgan and Paige.