Mike Hardman ’17 Debuts with the Chicago BlackHawks
It says a lot about relationships when a father send’s his son’s prep school hockey coach a clip of the NHL debut.
On Tuesday night, Hardman became the eighth Blackhawk to make his NHL debut this season, skating 9:26 of ice time, logging seven hits — more than twice that of any other Blackhawk — and drawing a power play in the second period.
“I thought he did very well,” Chicago coach Colliton said. “Unfortunate we had some much special teams (play) because I thought he was one of our better forwards, but with so much special teams, he didn’t play probably as much as we probably would’ve liked. He was physical, I thought he made some plays, he skated well. Very good debut for him. That was very positive.”
TWS varsity hockey coach, Brian Troy reflected on the game and said, “It was truly an amazing experience getting to watch Michael take the ice for his first NHL game last night. I couldn’t be more proud of Michael and how hard he has worked to earn this opportunity. He brought a ton of energy in each shift he got and continued to get better as the game went on, he certainly looked like he belonged out there with the best in the world.”