The Chicago Blackhawks have turned to the Rockford IceHogs again for coaching help. They have named Sheldon Brookbank an assistant coach on Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton’s staff.
Brookbank, 38, was in his second season as assistant coach for the IceHogs. As a member of Colliton’s staff in Rockford last season, Brookbank helped the IceHogs to a 40-28-4-4 record and their first-ever 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals after sweeping Chicago in the Division Semifinals and sweeping Manitoba in the Division Finals before losing to Texas, four-games-to-two. The 2017-18 season marked his first coaching professional hockey.
Prior to his coaching career, Brookbank helped the Blackhawks to the 2013 Stanley Cup and appeared in 74 games across two seasons (2012-14) with Chicago, notching eight points (3G, 5A). He spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League, compiling 44 points (7G, 37A) and 473 penalty minutes in 351 career games with the Nashville Predators (2006-07), New Jersey Devils (2007-09), Anaheim Ducks (2009-12) and Blackhawks.
Anders Sörensen will replace Brookbank as an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
Sörensen, 43, is in his fifth season as development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to working with the Blackhawks, the Södertälje, Sweden, native spent the 2014-15 season as head coach of the Chicago Mission U16 club and the 2010-11 season as head coach of the Chicago Mission U18 team. Sorensen was previously an assistant coach with the Swedish Hockey League’s Södertälje from 2011-13 before serving as interim head coach in October 2013.