“It’s day to day. This is Kyle’s fifth year here – or parts of five seasons. It’s just him being a true professional in the way he conducts himself on and off the ice. And when he crosses the line, then he’s not going to play, and he knows that. And that’s why he hasn’t played the last (four games).” – IceHogs head coach Ted Dent
By Chris Block
No one in the Blackhawks organization knows Kyle Beach better than Ted Dent. The current Rockford bench boss was an assistant when Beach first dipped his toes into the professional ranks at the end of his junior seasons in 2009 and 2010. Dent was there when Beach and Akim Aliu’s off-ice antics got the duo banished from the IceHogs during a playoff series after an incident in a Milwaukee hotel in 2009. Dent was an assistant working directly with the forwards in Beach’s first full pro season in 2010-11, and became Rockford’s head coach in the summer of 2011.
So when the word came in late October that Beach’s hockey excursion to Sweden had come to an end, and the Blackhawks 2008 1st round pick would be returning to the IceHogs roster, I asked Dent what he was expecting from Beach once he did return to the team. Read more
Posted in IceHogs, Interview, Prospects
Tagged Akim Aliu, Blackhawks, Chris Block, HV71, IceHogs, Kyle Beach, Rockford, Sweden, Ted Dent
Kyle Beach being announced Nov 30th’s 1st star of the game
photo credit: Rockford IceHogs, Greg Hamil
By Chris Block
After being sat out four consecutive Rockford IceHogs games due to what head coach Ted Dent called “conduct” violations, Chicago Blackhawks 2008 first-round draft pick Kyle Beach returned to the lineup on Saturday night in grand fashion.
Not only did Beach register the first hat-trick of his 175-game professional career, but he also contributed in every special teams situation in leading the IceHogs to a much-needed 4-3 victory over their rival Chicago Wolves after Rockford suffered a 7-1 shellacking in Rosemont the previous night.
Following Saturday night’s game, we had an opportunity to sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the often beleaguered former 1st round draft pick. Read more
Posted in Audio, Blackhawks, IceHogs, Interview, News and Notes, Prospects
Tagged Blackhawks, Chicago, Chris Block, HV71, IceHogs, Interview, Joel Quenneville, Kevin Delaney, Kyle Beach, Rob Klinkhammer, Rockford, Stan Bowman, Sweden, Ted Dent
By Chris Block
Kyle Beach will make his Swedish Hockey League debut later today for the HV71 hockey club. He will wear sweater number 8.
Beach was officially loaned to HV71 on September 29th. He learned of the opportunity to play hockey this season in Sweden the day before in a meeting with Blackhawks officials after an IceHogs team meeting at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. He flew to Sweden the next day. At the time, HV71 general manager Fredrick Stillman indicated that Beach was being taken in on a three week “try-out” agreement. Although, Stillman was quoted as saying “the hope is it will work out well and he will remain throughout the year.”
In the video interview above, Beach gave the indication that his journey to Sweden may not be a brief one.
“I’m coming over here with an open mind,” Beach told the reporter. “I’m just here. I want to help this team win and get into the playoffs.” Read more
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Tagged Aaron Gagnon, Blackhawks, Brett Sterling, Chris Block, HV71, IceHogs, Jason Krog, Kyle Beach, Riley Holzapfel, Rockford, Swedish Hockey League, Ulf Dahlen