One day after the Chicago Blackhawks finalized their 2022-23 coaching staff, their AHL affiliate named a permanent bench boss. The Rockford IceHogs will stick with Anders Sorensen as their head coach.
Derek King, the IceHogs’ head coach entering last season, jumped up from Rockford to run the Blackhawks’ bench after Jeremy Colliton’s firing in November 2021. As a result, the IceHogs turned to Sorensen as their interim head coach.
Now, King will remain on the Blackhawks’ staff as an assistant while Sorensen takes over the Rockford gig full-time.
“After seeing how Anders excelled in the interim head coaching role last season, we felt confident in promoting him to the full-time position,” said Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson. “The road between Rockford and Chicago is much shorter now and the connection between the two teams is vital to our plan. We trust that Anders will be able to empower our group of prospects and get them ready to play at the NHL level so we will have a stronger and more successful team in the future.”
The IceHogs went 35-26-4-1 after Sorensen took over as interim head coach last season. He also led Rockford to its first Calder Cup Playoff berth since 2018. Sorensen’s squad won a preliminary round series over the Texas Stars before falling to the eventual Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves in the first round.
Anders Sorensen has been with the Chicago Blackhawks organization since 2014. He served as a development coach for the AHL and NHL clubs from 2014-18 and became an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs in 2018.
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