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Blackhawks Hire Hardy As Assistant

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have named Mark Hardy to the team's coaching staff as an Assistant Coach.

"Mark is a quality individual and a proven coach," said Tallon. "He possesses a wealth of experience having been a defenseman in the NHL for 15 years and an NHL assistant coach for over seven years. We are fortunate to get someone with Mark's experience and we feel he will add another dimension to our coaching staff."

"Mark has handled the penalty killing and defensive duties very effectively as an NHL assistant coach," said Blackhawk Head Coach Trent Yawney. "Mark understands the game from both the player's and coach's perspective and communicates well with the players."

"I'm very excited to be here. I want to thank Dale Tallon and the Wirtz Family for this opportunity. I look forward to working with both Trent Yawney and Denis Savard ," said Hardy. "This is a good young team with a great mix of young talent. I'm looking forward to the upcoming conditioning camp, training camp and getting off to a great start next season."

Hardy served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings for seven and a half seasons (1998-99 to 2005-06). His responsibilities while with the Kings focused on defensive play, penalty killing and overall play without the puck. Hardy's penalty killing unit ranked third in the NHL for the 2001-02 season with an 86.6% success rate which marked the second best in Kings history.

After enjoying a 15-year NHL career as a defenseman for the Kings, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, Hardy turned to coaching. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Hardy spent seven and half season with the Los Angeles Kings and three seasons as an assistant coach with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL),

Hardy, 47, was originally selected by the Kings in the second round, 30th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey (QMJHL) in Montreal with current Blackhawk Assistant Coach Denis Savard. Hardy was twice named the Kings Outstanding Defenseman (1984-85 and 1986-87). He stayed with the Kings until 1988, after two stints with the Rangers and a short run with the North Stars. Hardy returned to the Kings in 1993 and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Finals that season. He concluded his NHL playing career the following season (1993-94) with the Kings.

In 915 career NHL games, Hardy, a native on Switzerland, recorded 368 points (62g, 306a) and 1,293 penalty minutes.

Mark and his wife, Kristina, have two children, a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Kevin.

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