On Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks signed their AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs head coach Ted Dent to a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Dent is currently in his ninth season with the IceHogs coaching staff and has been the head coach in Rockford for the past five seasons.
Dent given three-year extension
During his first five seasons as Head Coach of the IceHogs, Dent has a record of 196-140-42 with two games left to play in the current 2015-16 season. Dent is the franchise’s all-time leader in games coached with 378 and wins with 196.
Prior to his coaching career, Dent played four years at St. Lawrence University in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. He played in 83 games with 34 points in the NCAA before heading to the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder where he scored 69 points in 60 games. from there Dent played three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League with Johnstown Chiefs, Charlotte Checkers, and Toledo Storm.
Dent started his coaching career in 2004 as an assistant with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL before becoming the head coach of the ECHL’s Columbia Inferno. In 2006, Dent joined the Blackhawks organization as an assistant coach with then AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals before the IceHogs became the affiliate with the Blackhawks in 2007.
To Dent’s credit, he has coached 22 different players in his 12-year coaching career, that have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. That list includes current and former Blackhawks:
- Troy Brouwer (2010)
- Dave Bolland (2010, 2013)
- Dustin Byfuglien (2010)
- Bryan Bickell (2013, 2015)
- Kris Versteeg (2010, 2015)
- Adam Burish (2010)
- Antti Niemi (2010)
- Jordan Hendry (2010)
- Colin Fraser (2010)
- Nick Leddy (2013)
- Antti Raanta (2015)
- Ben Smith (2013)
- Kyle Cumiskey (2015)
- Joakim Nordstrom (2015)
- Brandon Bollig
- Brandon Saad (2013, 2015)
- Trevor van Reimsdyk (2015)
- Teuvo Teravainen (2015)
- Andrew Shaw (2013, 2015)
- Marcus Kruger (2013, 2015)
- Corey Crawford (2013, 2015)
- Niklas Hjalmarsson (2010, 2013, 2015)
With two games remaining on the regular season schedule, the IceHogs have already clinched a spot in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. This will be the second time in as many years that the IceHogs will play in the post-season under Dent. Last year, the IceHogs swept then defending Calder Cup champions Texas Stars before falling to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the second round.
Rockford is currently tied with the Lake Erie Monsters for third place in the AHL Central Division with 90 points in 74 games (.608 points percentage). The IceHogs host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday and the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday to close out the regular season.
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