HEAD COACH, ROCKFORD (AHL)
Ted Dent enters his second season as Head Coach for the Rockford IceHogs after being promoted to the position on July 21, 2011. In his first season as Head Coach, Rockford posted a 35-32-2-7 record in 76 regular-season games and developed four players that were called up to Chicago mid-season and made an immediate impact: Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Bollig and Dylan Olsen. This will be Dent’s seventh overall campaign as a coach for the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Working alongside head coaches Mike Haviland and Bill Peters from 2007-11, the IceHogs posted a regular season record of 216-145-17-22 and qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs in four of five seasons. Dent was also instrumental in helping develop 31 different players that were called up from the IceHogs to the Chicago Blackhawks, including Stanley Cup Champions Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Antti Niemi and Kris Versteeg.
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 season, Dent was the assistant coach of the ECHL Kelly Cup champions Trenton Titans.
Dent played parts of four seasons in professional hockey. The centerman’s top season came during the 1993-94 campaign, 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 Bachelor of Science 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 joined the Washington Capitals as Video Coordinator from 1999-2004. During his time in Washington, Dent worked with Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson, Tim Hunter and Tim Army. He assisted coaches on the penalty kill, prepared and broke down all team videos for system meetings, and was responsible for all pre-scouting on upcoming opponents.
Dent and his wife, Katherine, have three children: Dylan, Morgan and Paige.