Mark Hardy enters his first season with the Wolves after being named an assistant coach on August 25. He brings 19 years of coaching experience and 15 years of National Hockey League playing experience to the bench.
Hardy comes to the Wolves after spending the last three seasons with the ECHL's Ontario Reign. He helped the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets affiliate earn second-place finishes in the Western Conference each season he was on staff.
The 55-year-old boasts 11 years of NHL coaching experience as well, having served on the staffs for Los Angeles (1999-2006, 2008-10) and the Chicago Blackhawks (2006-08). Hardy served as an assistant coach and defensive specialist, which included overseeing the third-best penalty killing unit in Kings history in 2001-02 (86.6 percent efficiency).
Prior to his first tenure with Los Angeles, the Samedan, Switzerland native began his coaching career as a player/coach and then assistant coach in the International Hockey League for five seasons with the Detroit Vipers (1994-95) and Long Beach Ice Dogs (1995-99).
Drafted by Los Angeles in the second round (30th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, HARDY collected 368 points (62G, 306A) in 915 career regular-season games as a defenseman for the Kings, Minnesota North Stars, and New York Rangers. He finished his playing career with 70 points (18G, 52A) in 199 IHL games with Phoenix, Detroit, and Los Angeles.