ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford IceHogs bolstered their coaching staff after recent changes in the Blackhawks organization, as the Hogs hired Jared Nightingale as an assistant coach. Nightingale played for the IceHogs in the 2013-14 season, serving as the team captain that year. He's coached in the Ontario Hockey League the past couple of years, and now makes the move to a familiar organization.
"I'm really thankful for the opportunity," said Nightingale. "Not only just to be in the American League but to be in a place that I played and I'm familiar with. I knew Anders from before and Mark Bernard was here, he was the GM. That made it a lot easier."
"I think he's going to have a great impact here," said Interim Head Coach Anders Sorensen. "Obviously we have a lot of young defensemen, him playing the position himself and I think he's really passionate about penalty kill. That's going to be his role here. I think it brings a lot of experience from playing and coaching at those age groups in junior. We're real excited about having him."
The IceHogs are home Friday night against the Chicago Wolves at 7.