By Chris Block
We were fortunate enough on Saturday to sit down with Rockford IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent for a lengthy season-in-review discussion.
In this twenty-five minute interview, Dent shared his take on the gamut of subjects from coaching, to working in unison with Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks coaching staff to the ups and down season his IceHogs experienced in this 2011-12 season.
Dent also gives his take on the state of Kyle Beach‘s progression, where he thinks Beach could be had it not been for missing four months due to shoulder surgery and if Dent has been surprised at all by the rapid ascension of Andrew Shaw.
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In this conversation, Dent gives his analysis and discusses various topics including….
-Getting opportunity to be a head coach at AHL level
-Relationships with players and the transition from being an assistant to the head coach
-What aspect he looked to change in Rockford
-Dialogue ongoing between Chicago and Rockford
-Communicating with, and leaning on Joel Quenneville for advice.
-Any surprises and the stress involved in being a head coach this time around
-Divvying responsibility across the coaching staff
-Alexander Salak’s season
-Dealing with Salak pulling himself from the game in Hamilton on Feb 18
-Helping Jeremy Morin along and working through a tough year at times
-What he has addressed with Brandon Pirri and areas Pirri needs to improve to stick at the next level.
-What Dent told Andrew Shaw early in the season about what he saw in Shaw and his future.
-Dent’s thoughts on those who may have given up on 2008 1st round draft pick Kyle Beach
-Areas Beach has progressed this season and over time since Dent first dealt with Beach four years ago
-Players Dent enjoys working with
-What overwhelmed Rob Flick early in the season
-Chris DiDomenico’s development
-Dent’s assessment of the IceHogs’ starts in the past two seasons and the outlook ahead in that respect.
….All that and much more. Dent was very generous with his time and hopefully you enjoy the discussion.