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  1. #106
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    ^^^ What he had to say about Dylan Olsen's future and in system ranking loses him an enormous amount of credibility. Third pairing dman?????

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    I can't wait to see the Hayes bro in Rockord.

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    Not surprised with this

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    thats kind of a bummer

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    Quote Originally Posted by icehogfan08 View Post
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    Not surprised with this
    Yea, I get the feeling that is the last we see of him in North America.

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    KHL seems to be the place to be
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    I was never really sold on Makarov. Im also not shocked he left for the KHL either.
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    When the hell is Hockeys Future going to update the Hawks' prospects?!?!?

    It seems like its taking much longer this year
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    ^^^ Yea, our system is pretty dirty right now. Our goaltenders are real weak if you consider Salak the back up (which as of now I do, just because Emery isn't even signed). Other than that though, we are looking pretty damn good.

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    IceHogs' Dent thrives on communication, innovation

    Ted Dent is making written notes and taking mental notes, but he is in the market for one of those hand-held recorders. As the new head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, he is full of ideas about how to send game-ready players from the American Hockey League to Chicago, and if those thoughts are secure in one place, so much the better.

    “I can wake up tomorrow morning and go over my whole list of what I want to do,” he says. “And I can go over it again and again. Details.”

    If being organized is a skill set required by one of the most progressive organizations in sports, Dent appears to be an excellent fit for the Blackhawks. At age 41, Dent has been entrusted with nurturing talent for a parent club that has resurrected itself largely through homegrown infusions. Some franchises view player development as an expense; the Blackhawks under the aegis of Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough view it as an investment. Results are evident—a Stanley Cup in 2010—and expected.

    “That was made very clear to me at my job interview,” says Dent. “We want to continue a winning atmosphere in Rockford, of course. But our primary responsibility is to teach and prepare these kids so they will be in the NHL within two or three years.”
    Dent’s meeting with Blackhawks management occurred in mid-July during the team’s annual Blackhawks Convention at the Hilton Chicago, where 10,000 fans within a hotel reminded him that hockey is relevant again in the Windy City. As assistant coach for five years — one in Norfolk, four in Rockford — Dent witnessed a regime change and a Blackhawk renaissance that created opportunity. Quality franchises lose quality people, which is why the IceHogs lost head coach Bill Peters to the Detroit Red Wings, where he will be one of Mike Babcock’s sidekicks. Dent says he “went at it hard” when the opening arose, and the front office in Chicago, as it does with boys in skates, promoted those who are worthy from within. So, Rockford General Manager Mark Bernard will have Dent as his head man, assisted by Ben Simon and Steve Poapst.

    “It’s Ted’s time,” says Al MacIsaac, the Blackhawks vice president/assistant to the president. “He’s tenacious, intelligent, with great hockey sense and people skills. A student of the game who has paid his dues and proven himself.”

    Dent was a gritty center at St. Lawrence University, where he graduated with a degree in sport and leisure studies. He played minor league hockey at Wichita, Johnstown, Charlotte and Toledo. His coaching resume, which includes Trenton and Columbia, along with Miami, where he was an unpaid volunteer for the Matadors, who, as we all know, relocated for one East Coast Hockey League season from Louisville, where they were the River Frogs. For five years, from 1999 through 2004, he was video coordinator with the Washington Capitals. When you say Ted Dent has done it all, don’t forget roller hockey.

    “Two summers with the Philadelphia Bulldogs,” he recalls. “One year, our coach was Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz. And the other year, Al MacIsaac. We made $180 a game, and it was a good way to stay in shape. One thing about roller hockey: When you go to check someone, you’re on wheels, and there’s no stopping.”

    A minor league coach is no longer an incidental facet of the NHL landscape. More than ever, according to MacIsaac, drafting and producing players is vital. A hard salary cap, the only one in pro sports, virtually guarantees roster turnover. Also, the AHL has become a breeding ground for upwardly mobile youngsters instead of a landing place for thirtysomethings on the downside of their careers. In two years under Mike Haviland, who joined the Blackhawks as an assistant in 2008, and three under Peters, Dent has helped a more than two dozen players graduate to Chicago, several of whom earned Cup rings.

    “(Wife) Katherine and I have three children,” says Dent. “And coaching on this level is like watching them grow. You hate to see them leave, but, hey, that’s what we’re here for. We teach them how to be professionals, on and off the ice. Most of them, whether they’re coming out of junior ranks or university, haven’t played a schedule that we play with as many games. You have to monitor that. You have to instill professional habits, like sticks on the ice, not on the hip. You have to make a hard pass, not a soft junior pass. You might have a kid here wondering why a guy he skated circles around in junior is in the NHL. It’s about competing and work ethic. And you have to, at times, massage players.”

    The NHL is like college. It’s one thing to get there, another thing to stay there. It’s no secret that Corey Crawford was discouraged when he didn't secure one of two goalkeeping jobs with the Blackhawks at the start of the 2009-10 season. Crawford returned to the AHL for a fifth year. Dent felt Crawford’s hurt and applied those people skills to which MacIsaac referred. Look at Crawford now: he’s No. 1 in Chicago with a new three-year contract.

    “The proximity of Rockford to Chicago is significant,” says Dent. “Our guys see that packed United Center down the road and want to get there, badly. Which is good. And once they get a taste of the NHL, they don’t want to leave it, which is also good. Just because you’re an average AHL player doesn’t mean you can’t make the NHL. The Blackhawks. That’s quite a carrot.”

    Dent, a listener, thrives on communication. He’s talked with Joel Quenneville about the Blackhawks’ system of defensive zone coverage and neutral zone forechecking. If a player is summoned from Rockford to Chicago on moment’s notice, there is no time to consult a manual. To that end, Dent is also planning to synchronize practice schedules. If the Blackhawks hold drills at 11 a.m., then the IceHogs should toil accordingly.

    “It might seem like a small thing,” says Dent. “But if we can get our guys on the same body clocks as the guys in Chicago, why not?”

    It’s just another detail for the new head coach of the Rockford IceHogs who is operating as he did years ago in roller hockey. Ted Dent is building up some steam now, and there’s no stopping.

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    Dent, a listener, thrives on communication. He’s talked with Joel Quenneville about the Blackhawks’ system of defensive zone coverage and neutral zone forechecking. If a player is summoned from Rockford to Chicago on moment’s notice, there is no time to consult a manual. To that end, Dent is also planning to synchronize practice schedules. If the Blackhawks hold drills at 11 a.m., then the IceHogs should toil accordingly.

    “It might seem like a small thing,” says Dent. “But if we can get our guys on the same body clocks as the guys in Chicago, why not?”

    It’s just another detail for the new head coach of the Rockford IceHogs who is operating as he did years ago in roller hockey. Ted Dent is building up some steam now, and there’s no stopping.
    I love this last part. It is all about getting in a good rhythm and a steady program. Very smart.

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    Rockford, Ill.-The Rockford IceHogs, proud members of the American Hockey League and top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks announced that individual game tickets for the 2011-12 regular season will go on sale on Thursday, Sept. 8.

    Tickets will be available on-line at metrocentre.com on Sept. 8 beginning at 9 a.m. and can be purchased by phone at (815) 968-5222 and (815) 847-6399 or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office beginning at noon.

    Advanced individual game ticket prices start at $7 (Terrace Level) and range up to $22 (Lower Sidelines). Ticket prices day of game increase by $1.

    Rockford opens their 13th season of professional hockey and fifth as the AHL affiliate of the Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 8 against Grand Rapids at 7:05 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
    Anyone going to check the Icehogs this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icehogfan08 View Post
    Anyone going to check the Icehogs this year?
    Id love to but i live in orland park so its quite a drive for me. I went to a wolves vs icehogs game last year and i imagine ill do the same this year
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    Its finally here!

    Hockeys future's top 20 Blackhawks Prospects


    1.Nick Leddy, D
    2.Jeremy Morin, LW
    3.Marcus Kruger, C
    4.Mark McNeill, C
    5.Dylan Olsen, D
    6.Shawn Lalonde, D
    7.Adam Clendening, D
    8.Brandon Saad, LW
    9.Kyle Beach, LW
    10.Alexander Salak, G
    11.Brandon Pirri, C
    12.Stephen Johns, D
    13.Kevin Hayes, C
    14.Ben Smith, RW
    15.Phillip Danault, LW
    16.Ludvig Rensfeldt, LW
    17.Jimmy Hayes, RW
    18.Justin Holl, D
    19.Philippe Paradis, LW
    20.Joakim Nordstrom, C

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...ckhawks_top20/
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    Took 'em long enough, yeesh!

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