HEAD COACH, ROCKFORD (AHL)
Ted Dent enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and his ninth overall campaign as a coach for the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, which includes eight seasons in Rockford. During his first three seasons as Head Coach of the IceHogs, Dent helped guide the club to a 112-95-9-12 (.537) record.
Dent has been instrumental in helping develop 48 players who were called up from Rockford to Chicago during the past seven seasons, including current Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad, Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg. Six players skated for both the IceHogs and Blackhawks in 2012-13 and helped Chicago earn the organization’s second Stanley Cup in four seasons. Overall, 17 former IceHogs have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup after playing under Dent in Rockford. Last season, three IceHogs players made their NHL debuts with Chicago, and a total of nine 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 and preparing and breaking down video for system meetings.
Dent and his wife, Katherine, have three children: Dylan, Morgan and Paige.