Position: Defenseman/Assistant Coach Born: Feb. 1, 1959 (Semaden, Switzerland) Acquired By Kings: Selected by the Kings in the second round (30th overall) in 1979. Years With The Kings: 1979-88, 1992-94 as a player; 1999-06 and currently as an assistant coach.
Career With The Kings:
Hardy ranks 16th on the Kings all-time scoring list with 303 points (53-250=303) in his 11 seasons with the Kings, and he ranks eighth overall on the franchise list for games played (616) and penalty minutes (858).
On the Kings all-time defensemen scoring list, Hardy ranks second in assists (250), third in points and fifth in goals (53).
Prior to returning to the Kings as an assistant coach he served a similar role with the Chicago Blackhawks where he successfully managed the development of a young blue line that played a major role in the Blackhawks team goals-against-average dropping from 3.40 in 2005-06 to 2.82 in the 2007-08 season.
Hardy oversaw a Kings penalty-killing unit that ranked third in the NHL for the 2001-02 season with an 86.6 percent success rate (the second best in Kings history).
Hardy recorded 368 points (62-306=368) and 1,293 penalty minutes in 915 career regular season games with the Kings, Minnesota North Stars and New York Rangers.
Says he’s always felt like he was a King and he’s excited to be back and part of the coaching staff.