Former International Hockey League defenceman and Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Mark Osiecki is headed to Rockford.
The Blackhawks announced on Tuesday that they had hired Osiecki on as an assistant coach with their farm club, the Rockford IceHogs.
Osiecki comes to Rockford after a three-year tenure as the head coach of the men’s hockey program at Ohio State. During his time in the Buckeye State as a head coach, Osiecki coached the team to a 30-33-9 record. His previous experience behind the bench came at the University of Wisconsin as an assistant to longtime coach Mike Eaves, where he helped guide the team to a National Championship in 2006.
As for minor league experience, Osiecki played four games in the AHL with the New Haven Senators in 1992-93 and another 104 contests in the IHL before it amalgamated with the ‘A’. During his time in the minors, Osiecki had five goals and 17 assists.
In his career, Osiecki suited up for 93 NHL contests, and would score three goals and add 11 assists. His playing career ended in 1994-95 as a member of the Manitoba Moose.
Shortly after hanging up the skates, Osiecki landed with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, where he would coach and manage the team for seven seasons, winning a Clark Cup as league champions in 2000.