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Mark Hardy !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Stanley Cup Finalist (1993)

Offensive Accomplishments:
368 Points in 915 NHL Regular Season Games
21 Points in 67 NHL Play-off Games

Points among Defensemen - 17th(1985), 20th(1984), 24th(1982), 30th(1983)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 70, 58, 53, 52, 39, 37, 33, 33

Best 6 Seasons: 309

Ice Time:
Averaged 22.5 minutes per game over 915 games.

Overall Ice Time - 1st(1982), 1st(1983), 1st(1984), 1st(1985), 1st(1986), 1st(1987), 2nd(1988), 3rd(1981), 3rd(1990)

37% of his team's Power Play Goals For.
44% of his team's Power Play Goals Against.

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Although he was born in Europe, Mark Hardy played his junior hockey in Montreal. He was selected 30th overall in the 1979 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. His first season was spent for the most part with the Binghampton Dusters of the AHL; however, he did make 15 appearances for the Kings. Between 1980 and 1987 he played full time in Los Angeles, posting his personal best NHL season in 1984-85, when he combined for 53 points in 78 games. In 1986, he was chosen to represent Canada at the World Championships where he tallied five points in ten games.

The 1987-88 season saw him traded to the New York Rangers for Ron Duguay midway through the season. After only 19 appearances with the Blueshirts, he was traded to Minnesota. He opened the 1988-89 season with the North Stars before heading east a second time and back into Madison Square Garden.

Again a Ranger, Hardy stayed put until March 1993, when he was traded back to his old team in L.A. in exchange for John McIntyre. In 1993-94, he divided his time between the Kings and the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL. He spent the rest of his playing career in the IHL and moved into coaching in that league after retiring. He returned to the NHL as an assistant coach with the L.A.. Kings during the 1999-2000 season.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1987-88
The Finesse Game
Hardy is a strong skater, well balanced on his skates, and equipped with a good burst of speed up ice. He is fairly agile hen carrying the puck and as such can relieve pressure on the Kings’ forwards by rushing it from the zone.

Hardy also sees the ice ell and makes good use of his teammates, especially on the power play, where he is a staple. Hardy makes a good point man on the power play because of his puckhandling ability, anticipation and shot. He contains the point ell. His shot is low and hard from the blue line and is excellent for tip-ins or deflections. He shoots often.

Otherwise Hardy is conservative defensively, and has improved his positional play. He takes fewer chances with the puck. He forces the play wide of the net by using his defensive angles and no longer wanders from his position, and at the same time he is more prudent in his rushes ith the puck and his pinching in the offensive zone.

Hardy is adept at moving the puck from his end quickly and he has developed poise and confidence to be patient with the puck and make the right pass, not just a fast one.

The Physical Game
Hardy plays a physical game when he can and will dish out checks whenever possible. He has good strength along the boards and corners, though is apt to occasionally let the opposition slip away and back into the play. That is an aspect of his play that has been improved, however.

Hardy is fairly effective in front of the net, but that area – as well as the work along the boards – is not really his game. He is best at hitting and gaining the puck, and then moving it, not continually battling with the opposition.

The Intangibles
Though still offensively-oriented, Hardy had solidified his defense to the point that he is not only not a liability, but is a steadying influence.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1989-90
The Finesse Game… is able to rush the puck from the defensive zone and relieve forechecking pressure.

… Smartly, Hardy shoots often.

Except for the occasional rush he’s a fairly conservative defenseman and takes few chances with the puck…

The Physical Game….

He’s effective in front of the net, trying up the opposition, but his game is more in hitting and gaining the puck and then starting a play.

The Intangibles
Hardy’s best contribution to the Rangers is his steadiness, his night in-night out stabilizing influence in the defensive zone. His presence adds depth to the blue-line unit, but Mark might find himself fighting for a job this season because of the number of young defensemen the Rangers want to audition. He’s a likely candidate to finish the season elsewhere.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1991-92
The Finesse Game
Three assets make Hardy valuable: he can skate, he has experience and he has a good handle on the game.

He may have lost some speed, compared to his younger, faster days. But Hardy is very smooth on his feet. He covers ground – he is not a chugger – so he can move the puck up and move ahead with the play. He can angle players to the corners because his straight-line speed is more than acceptable.

Hardy has some offensive skills. In his Los Angeles days, he was one of their top offensive point people. His role changed over the years, but Hardy knows what to do in the attacking zone. His shot isn’t much. He isn’t going to overpower people with it, but he gets it to the net fairly successfully. There ill be occasions where his awareness falters, he shoots right off a guy’s shinguards and is caught in a lurch when the opposing forward races past him; but those times are relatively rare.

The Physical Game
Hardy is mostly a finesse player, but he does not shy away from physical confrontations. He goes to the corner, he battles in front of the net. His fighting days appear to be over, but he plays the body and plays an efficient physical game.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1992-93
The Finesse Game
Hardy has the wheels to get to the loose pucks. He has the confidence in his ability to skate the puck out of the defensive zone and make something happen on the other side of the red line. He has good range, good mobility, the hands to start a quick transition game and a good sense of when to jump into the rush.

And he has the smarts. Hardy will get wrapped up in offense occasionally, but he sees the ice pretty well and uses a healthy helping of hockey sense to decide when to go deep and when to play cautiously. When he loses the puck, he works hard to get it back.

Since he has two goals over three seasons, you know Hardy generally does not shoot to score. He shoots to get the puck to the net so somebody else can score. He shoots to cause rebounds, to set up deflections. The off time, he will fake a shot, get an opponent to drop in front, then skate around the guy and try to make a play. Twice last season, he and partner James Patrick led two-on-one rushes.

The Physical Game
A steady defenseman who plays within himself, Hardy always tries to get a piece of his man. If he can’t shoulder his check, he will at least put the stick on him and make some presence felt. He is a trusted penalty killed ho will throw himself in front of point shots. He shows up for the wars in front of the net, but is not big enough or strong enough to just manhandle people: Hardy is more likely to nullify the player’s stick and use his smarts to gain advantage.

The Intangibles
Hardy received respect because he has respect for the game and for his job. That respect translates into dependability on the ice in virtually any situation, including four-on-four, and consistent workmanship.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Almanac – 1993-94
Strengths: Hardy is a stay-at-home defenseman, a steady positional player who doesn’t let enemy forwards get the best of him. He has good size and strength. He is quick to sacrifice his body to block shots in front of his goalie. A good skater, he doesn’t panic with the puck but will look for an outlet pass rather than lug it out of the zone. He’s tough but clan, rarely getting into penalty trouble despite standing up for his mates and dishing out plenty of muscle.

Weaknesses: Once known more for his offensive spurts, Hardy had scored 14 goals in a season for the Kings, but has never reached double figures again. Injuries have slowed him, reducing his playing time and forcing him to reassess his approach. The Kings don’t count on “Harpo” for much offense.

A veteran with loads of experience and smarts, Hardy is a solid force on defense, allowing his partners more offensive freedom. He's always back there, patroling the blueline and clearing the crease. His best days might be behind him, but his savvy serves him well.

WILL - throw his weight around
CAN'T - skate like he used to
EXPECT - unspectacular defense
DON'T EXPECT - much offense
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1983
has made consistent improvement in first three seasons... team's most consistent backliner... upped point total to 45 and played sound defensive hockey... stong skater with good speed...
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1985
strong skater, good puckhandler who has developed into competent big-league backliner... excellent shot from the point... has improved consierably defensively in past few seasons...
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1986
rugged defenseman who dishes out jolting bodychecks to opposing forwards.
Originally Posted by Pro Set 1990-91
Injuries to ankle, foot, knee and ribs cut into Mark's 1989-90 season, but he came back strong this season. Mark is outstanding at blocking shots, hitting, and playing positional defense, and was sorely missed last season.
Originally Posted by Pinnacle 1991-92
Mark was playing the best hockey of his career during the first half of 1991-92... a solid defender who enjoys taking the body...
Originally Posted by Pinnacle 1992-93
Mark's an experienced defenseman who always works hard for his goaltender. He's very efficient in blocking shots, clearing men from the crease or dumping the puck out of the zone.
Originally Posted by Score 1992-93
Mark was leading the Rangers with a +22 when he suffered a separated shoulder midway through 1991-92. It was a tough break for the steady defender, who was playing the best hockey of his career... a good positional player, Mark is a willing shot blocker.

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