Mark Hardy (ice hockey)

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Mark Hardy
Born (1959-02-01) February 1, 1959 (age 55)
Samedan, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 30th overall, 1979
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1979–1994

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.

NHL career[edit]

Hardy was born in Switzerland where his father was playing professional hockey before moving to Montreal as a child.[1] 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.[2]

Hardy is ranked 3rd in all-time scoring by an LA Kings defenseman. [3] 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.[2] 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.

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 where he's led the team to its third consecutive Pacific Division Championship since he joined the organization, and to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in club history during the 2012-2013 season.[4]

International[edit]

Hardy played for Team Canada at the World Championships in 1986.

Family[edit]

Hardy is the son of Olympic figure skater Barbara Wyatt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 329. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Hardy player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ "LA Kings Career & Single-Season Leader Statistics". 
  4. ^ "Mark Hardy to Assist Behind Bench". Press release. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 

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