Mark Hardy (ice hockey)
February 1, 1959 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
|NHL Draft||30th overall, 1979
Los Angeles Kings
Lea Mark Hardy (born February 1, 1959) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars between 1979 and 1994.
Hardy was born in Switzerland where his father was playing professional hockey before moving to Montreal as a child. He played four seasons of junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Montreal Juniors and was selected 30th overall by the Los Angeles Kings at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
He played 915 career NHL games, scoring 62 goals and 306 assists for 368 points while adding 1293 penalty minutes. His best offensive season was the 1984–85 season when he set career highs with 14 goals and 53 points. In the 1992–93 season Hardy went to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Los Angeles Kings. Retiring from the NHL as a King following the 1993–94 season, Hardy turned to coaching in 1999, serving as an assistant coach for the Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks until 2010, when he resigned after being charged with felony fourth-degree sexual abuse. In October 2010 the charges were dismissed. Hardy returned to the Kings organization in 2011 as an assistant coach with the club's minor league team, the Ontario Reign of the ECHL.
Hardy is the son of Olympic figure skater Barbara Wyatt.
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- "Mark Hardy player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy resigns, faces fourth-degree sex abuse charge". The Hockey News. 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Charge against former Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy dismissed". Los Angeles Times. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Mark Hardy to Assist Behind Bench". Press release. Retrieved 25 August 2011.