The Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, have hired Chris Dennis as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season, team officials announced Friday.
Dennis, 37, will likely focus his duties on the defense for head coach Rocky Thompson. Dennis spent the past two seasons as head coach for York University in Toronto, turning the last-place program around into conference champions in the 20-team Ontario University Athletics league.
"He turned York University around in a short period of time," Thompson said. "Two years in a row, he won Coach of the Year. His Xs and Os are outstanding and he's got a lot of experience. He learned under five NHL head coaches during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs."
Dennis spent 10 years in the Maple Leafs organization in a variety of roles while working under Hockey Hall of Famer Pat Quinn, Paul Maurice, Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle.
The Wolves will open their 24th season on Oct. 14 at Allstate Arena.