Ted Dent to coach Rockford IceHogs

The Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday promoted Ted Dent to head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, the team's top minor league affiliate.

Dent spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Haviland and then Bill Peters, who left to join the Detroit Red Wings as an assistant coach.

"We are proud to promote Ted to the head coaching position in Rockford, an extremely important role in our hockey operations department," Blackhawks vice president/general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "During his time with our organization, Ted has proven himself as a great leader and has developed a solid track record in helping players rise to the National Hockey League level. Our hockey operations department is full of talented individuals and we take pride when we are able to promote someone from within, like Ted."

During his time as an assistant with the Blackhawks organization, his teams have compiled a regular season record of 216-145-17-22 and qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs in four of the five seasons.

"I am very honored and fortunate for the opportunity to coach the Rockford IceHogs," Dent said in a statement. "I would like to thank Mr. John McDonough, Mr. Stan Bowman and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks management team for believing in me. I am excited to continue the development and growth of the young prospects we have in Rockford and at the same time create a positive winning environment."