In his first year as a Chicago Wolves assistant coach, Chris Dennis helped to guide the Wolves to the 2018 Central Division title.
Dennis, who focuses on the team’s blue liners, was named a Wolves assistant coach on June 30, 2017.
The 38-year-old spent the previous two seasons as the head coach for York University in Toronto, where he took over a last-place program and transformed it into the champions of the 20-team Ontario University Athletics conference. The Lions captured the 2017 Queen’s Cup with a dramatic 4-3 victory on March 11.
Prior to taking the job at York, Dennis spent 10 years in the Maple Leafs organization in a variety of roles spanning the head-coaching tenures of Hall of Famer Pat Quinn, Paul Maurice, Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle. Dennis served as a Maple Leafs assistant coach from 2013-15 and worked as an assistant for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies when they reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2012.
Thompson and Dennis built a relationship while coaching one of Hockey Canada’s under–17 teams at the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Dennis and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Luke and Ryan.