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Ted Dent

Head Coach

Ted Dent is in his sixth season as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and his 11th overall campaign as a coach for the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, which includes 10 seasons in Rockford. During his first five seasons as Head Coach of the IceHogs, Dent helped guide the club to a 198-140-24-18 (.576) record and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games coached (380) and wins (198). Dent has guided the IceHogs to the Calder Cup Playoffs each of the previous two seasons.

Dent has been instrumental in helping develop dozens of players who were called up from Rockford to Chicago during the past 10 seasons, including Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Scott Darling, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Joakim Nordstrom, Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen and Kris Versteeg. Dent helped develop 11 players this past season who skated for both the IceHogs and Blackhawks in 2015-16, including six that made their NHL debut. Overall, 22 former IceHogs have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup after playing under Dent in Rockford.

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 best 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.


Hockey Operations