NHL Coach Arrested

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  Drew Doughty #8, Jack Johnson #3, Sean O'Donnell #6 and Davis Drewiske #44, Matt Greene #2 and Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings smile and look on during shootout overtime against the Edmonton Oilers in their NHL game at the Staples Center on February 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Oilers defeated the Kings 3-2 in shootout overtime.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

According to report on TMZ.com, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy has been arrested by police in Washington for allegedly sexually abusing his 21 year-old daughter.  The charge against Hardy has been confirmed by the Kings organization, who declined to make any comment other than to say that they were aware of it, while a police spokesperson confirmed that they have a man named Mark Hardy in custody on that charge.


Hardy had a lengthy NHL career that had its best moments in Los Angeles; the defenceman scored a career-high 14 goals and 53 points for the Kings during the 1984-85 season.  He’s spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach at the NHL level, splitting his time between Chicago and L.A., and he spent four years as an assistant coach in the now-defunct IHL prior to that.  Hardy’s primary duties at both of his NHL stops have included coaching the defencemen and running the penalty kill.


As this is a developing story there may be further updates as more information becomes available, but in the meantime I’d like to caution against coming to any conclusions about Hardy at this point, particularly given the nature of the allegations brought against him.