Press Release from the Vegas Golden Knights
VEGAS – June 7, 2017 – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 7, that the organization has hired Rocky Thompson as head coach of the Chicago Wolves, the club’s official American Hockey League affiliate.
“We are extremely pleased to introduce Rocky as the head coach of our American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. “As a player, he was competitive, tough, team-oriented and hard working. As a coach, he is now coming off a Memorial Cup Championship season with the Windsor Spitfires and has enjoyed success at multiple levels. Player development is a significant priority for our organization and he has proven to be very capable in that area as well. Rocky is the right Coach to help us win championships in Chicago.”
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to serve as head coach of the Chicago Wolves,” said Chicago Wolves Head Coach Rocky Thompson. “Chicago is a tremendous hockey community, and I look forward to helping the Golden Knights develop top players on and off the ice in front of this dedicated fan base.”
“He knows how to win,” said Wolves general manager Wendell Young. “He was a tough, hard worker when he played and those characteristics have carried over as a coach. He is meticulous in every area. Everybody I’ve talked to in the hockey world has given him rave reviews. He’s going to be a tremendous asset when it comes to developing players and continuing the Wolves’ winning ways.”