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Ted Dent

Head Coach

Ted Dent enters his fourth season as head coach for the Rockford IceHogs in 2014-15 and the ninth overall campaign as a coach for the Chicago Blackhawks’ (NHL) American Hockey League Affiliate, including eighth in Rockford with the IceHogs.  During his first three seasons as head coach of the IceHogs, Dent helped guide Rockford to a 112-95-9-12 (.537) record.

Dent has been instrumental in helping develop 48 different players that were called up during the past seven seasons from Rockford to the Blackhawks, including Stanley Cup Champions Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Brandon Bollig, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfulgien, Corey Crawford, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Antti Niemi, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad, Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg.

There were six different players in 2012-13 who skated for both the IceHogs and Blackhawks 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 different skaters saw time with the parent club.

Working alongside head coaches Mike Haviland and Bill Peters during his first-five seasons between 2006 and 2011, the team had a regular season record of 216-145-17-22 and qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs in four of the five seasons.  

Prior to working with the Blackhawks’ organization, Dent was the head coach of the Columbia Inferno (ECHL) for one season in 2005-06.  During the 2004-05 season, Dent was the assistant coach of the Kelly Cup Champion Trenton Titans (ECHL).    

Dent played parts of four seasons in pro hockey and the centerman’s top season came during the 1993-94 campaign during which he potted 30g-54a-84pts in 67 games with the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL).  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, he worked with the Washington Capitals (NHL) as the video coordinator from 1999-2004.  During his time in Washington, Dent worked with the likes of Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson, Tim Hunter and Tim Army.   In this role Dent was responsible for all Pre Scouts on the upcoming opponent, worked closely with the assistant coaches on the penalty kill, and prepared and broke down all the team video for system meetings.    

Dent and his wife, Katherine, have three children, Dylan, Morgan and Paige.


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