This is the fifth in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Ted Dent was named director of hockey operations and head coach of the Columbia Inferno on June 16, 2005. He joined the Inferno after one season as an assistant coach for Trenton, helping the Titans win the 2005 Kelly Cup Championship.
Dent returned to the ECHL after five seasons as the video coordinator for Washington of the National Hockey League where he worked closely with the coaching staff analyzing the opposition as well as the performances of Capitals players. Prior to joining the Capitals, Dent spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach with Miami of the ECHL. The Toronto, Ontario native played in the ECHL was an alternate captain for the Johnstown Chiefs in 1993-94 and 1994-95, scoring 30 goals and a team-leading 84 points in his first season.
He had 33 points (9g-24a) in 46 games with Johnstown in 1994-95 before being traded to Charlotte where he scored 10 points (3g-7a) in 17 games. He concluded his professional career after four games with Toledo in 1996-97, finishing with 127 points (42g-85a) in 130 ECHL games. He began his professional career with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League, where he notched 25 goals, 44 assists and 109 penalty minutes in 60 games. Dent played four years of Division I hockey at St. Lawrence University from 1988-1992 and is co-owner of the Top Gun Hockey School in South Florida. He and his wife, Catherine, have two children.