Teammates celebrate Kyle Beach’s 1st of 3 goals Nov 30th
Photo credit: Rockford IceHogs, Greg Hamil
“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.