Head Coach & General Manager Ted Dent is entering his second season as the Firebirds’ Head Coach and first full season as the General Manager. In year one, he guided the Firebirds to their most successful season in franchise history in which 15 team records were set including most wins (42), points (89) and goals scored (289). The season was capped off by the team’s first-ever playoff series win against the Owen Sound Attack before ultimately falling in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to the Windsor Spitfires.
Dent brought decades of experience in hockey, player development and a championship pedigree to Flint during his 20+ year coaching career. Most notably, Dent spent eleven years with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. He started as the IceHogs’ assistant coach in 2006, before being promoted to the team’s head coach in 2011, a position he held for the next six years.
During his time in Rockford, Dent coached and developed nearly two dozen players who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win three Stanley Cups. He is the all-time winningest coach in IceHogs history with 223 wins and has coached players such as Dustin Byfuglien, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Corey Crawford.
Since leaving Rockford, Dent became the associate coach of the Niagara IceDogs (OHL) for the 2017-18 season, before becoming a pro scout for the Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Dent played Division 1 hockey at St. Lawrence University from 1988-92. He spent the next four years playing professionally in both the CHL and ECHL.
After his playing career, he became the Washington Capitals (NHL) video coach from 1999-04. From there, he made it back to the ECHL becoming an assistant coach with the Trenton Titans, helping them win the Kelly Cup in 2005, before becoming head coach of the Columbia Inferno for the 2005-06 season.
Overall, Dent has coached over 1,068 games, both as a head and assistant coach, across the ECHL and AHL.
Ted is the proud father of 3 Children; Dylan, Morgan and Paige.
|1999-2004||Washington Capitals||NHL||Video Coach|
|2004-05||Trenton Titans||ECHL||Asst. Coach||72||42||21||4||5||.646%|
|2005-06||Columbia Inferno||ECHL||Head Coach||72||25||39||3||5||.403%|
|2006-07||Norfolk Admirals||AHL||Asst. Coach||80||50||22||6||2||.675%|
|2007-08||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Asst. Coach||80||44||26||4||6||.613%|
|2008-09||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Asst. Coach||80||40||34||0||6||.538%|
|2009-10||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Asst. Coach||80||44||30||3||3||.588%|
|2010-11||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Asst. Coach||80||38||33||4||5||.531%|
|2011-12||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||35||32||2||7||.520%|
|2012-13||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||42||31||2||1||.572%|
|2013-14||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||35||32||5||4||.520%|
|2014-15||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||46||23||5||2||.651%|
|2015-16||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||40||22||10||4||.618%|
|2016-17||Rockford IceHogs||AHL||Head Coach||76||25||39||9||3||.408%|
|2017-18||Niagara IceDogs||OHL||Assoc. Coach||68||35||23||7||3||.588%|
|2018-19||Arizona Coyotes||NHL||Pro Scout|
|2021-22||Flint Firebirds||OHL||Head Coach||68||42||21||1||4||.654%|
|2022-23||Flint Firebirds||OHL||Head Coach/GM|