Todd Harkins

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Todd Harkins
Born (1968-10-08) October 8, 1968 (age 45)
Cleveland, OH, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Calgary Flames
Hartford Whalers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 1988
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1990–2001

Todd Michael Harkins (born October 8, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played 48 National Hockey League games for the Calgary Flames and Hartford Whalers. Harkins was drafted by the Flames in the 2nd round, 42nd overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in and consulted on hockey-related movies, and is now an amateur coach and professional scout.

Amateur career[edit]

Harkins played center position. His 1981 Cleveland American's Pee Wee team finished third in the nation, which also featured his younger brother Brett Harkins.[1]

Harkins attended St. Edward High School, located in Lakewood, Ohio, a western suburb of Cleveland. He was an integral member of the 1985 Ohio High School Athletic Association State "big school" hockey champions. St. Edward would later name Harkins to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Harkins played three seasons of college hockey for Miami University, recording 44 points in 40 games in 1989–90. He was a pre-med major but never graduated from Miami.[3] While at Miami, he was selected 42nd overall by the Calgary Flames in 1988.

In the Miami record book, Harkings ranks tied for ninth position for most goals in a season (27), and tied for fourth for power-play goals in a season (13). He also racked up a lot of penalty minutes. He ranks second all-time in career minutes (288),[4] first for the most penalties in a season (62), first in most penalty minutes in a season (133, 1988–89), and is tied with two others for penalty minutes in a game (16 minutes, vs. Ohio State on January 2, 1988).[5]

Professional career[edit]

The following season, he turned pro, spending most of the next four seasons in the Flames farm system. Harkins made his NHL debut in 1991–92, appearing in five games with the Flames. The following season, he appeared in 15 more games with Calgary. Late in the 1993–94 season, Harkins was dealt to the Whalers, where he appeared in 28 more NHL games. While he was with the Whalers, he was arrested in Buffalo, New York, along with five other players and coach. On March 24, 1994, the seven were arrested after a nightclub altercation, for which they pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trespassing.[6] His stint with the Whalers was his last in the NHL. He would return to the minor leagues shortly thereafter.

Harkins stayed to the minor leagues until he went over to Europe in 1997, playing first in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga, and then the Swiss Nationalliga A. He retired from professional hockey in 2001.

Harkins represented the United States in the Ice Hockey World Championships twice: in 1992, and 1995.

In 1993, Harkins also played inline hockey for the Utah Rollerbees of the Roller Hockey International, scoring 14 goals and 21 points in nine games.

After retirement[edit]

Harkins was a credited actor in the 2004 movie Miracle about the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, in which he portrayed legendary left-winger Valeri Kharlamov as a member of the Soviet Union national ice hockey team.[7]

As a result of appearing in the movie, Harkins was cast in the first season of Making the Cut, a reality television show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that follows amateur players competing for an invitation to an NHL training camp.[3]

Harkins assisted with the 2008 movie Slap Shot 3: The Junior League, for which he choreographed the hockey sequences.[8]

Harkins has held various positions developing young talent in recent years, including an amateur coach and scout. Harkins was a first year head coach of the North West Vancouver Giants in the BC Hockey Major Midget League for the 2010-2011 season and led the team to the BC League and Playoff Provincial Championships, and sweeping the Alberta champions to earn the Pacific Region berth in the National Midget Hockey Championships (The Telus Cup). After winning the round robin portion of the championship, earning a number one seed in the playoff round, they were upset in the semi-final. This Harkins coached team was the first BC Major Midget team in history to qualify for the National Championships. He was awarded the BC Hockey Association Coach of the Year that season and served a second season as Head Coach in 2011-2012, again winning league and playoff Provincial Championships, before losing the eventual National Champion Alberta Team in the bid to attend the second Telus Cup in as many years. The following season, in accordance with BC Hockey Association rules, he stepped down when his middle son Jansen was selected to the team. He was also Director of Hockey Operations for the North Shore Winter Club, for 11 years. While at the North Shore Winter Club he coached the 2002-2003 Pee Wee AAA Team, winning the Provincial Championships. In this season his team made history becoming the first team west of Ontario to win the World Championships at the historic Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament, in Quebec City. In 2005, Harkins returned to the bench to coach the 2005-2006 edition of the North Shore Winter Club Pee Wee AAA team. The team registered "the perfect season", not losing or tying a game in the entire season of league play, winning the final and deciding game for the Provincial Championships 10-1. In 2009 he served as director of player personnel and scouting for the Burnaby Express, a Tier II Junior "A" team also of the B.C. Hockey League.[9] He has also been a head scout with the Westside Warriors of the B.C. Hockey League. On July 15, 2014 Harkins accepted a 5 year contract to be the General Manager for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Personal life[edit]

Harkins came from a hockey family. Older brother Donald and younger brother Brett also starred at St. Edward High School. Donald also played collegiately at Miami University. Brett followed in Todd's footsteps in many ways, leaving St. Edward early to play elite amateur hockey in Canada, then onto a strong collegiate career, draft by the NHL, a career minor leaguer with a brief stint in the NHL, and eventually playing professionally in Europe.

He is married to Kirsten, and they have three sons. His eldest son, Nicklas, was diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), a rare genetic disorder.[3] They live in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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