Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Hardy
Centre "Gypsy Joe" Hardy spent parts of two seasons with the Oakland/California Seals. The slick playmaker also spent considerable time in the WHA and the NAHL in a pro career that lasted 12 years.

Born in Kenogami, Quebec, Hardy made his pro debut with the EHL's New Haven Blades in 1966-67. After spending two years with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Senior League, he was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Seals. After starting the 1969-70 season with the AHL's Providence Reds, Hardy was recalled by the Seals and helped the team reach the playoffs.

Hardy played 40 games for the California Seals in 1970-71 and was often paired with Tony Featherstone and Earl Ingarfield. He spent the 1971-72 season with the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs then jumped at the chance to sign with the Cleveland Crusaders of the newly founded WHA. Hardy was a solid playmaker for the club then moved on to the Chicago Cougars where he notched 24 goals in 1973-74. He later toiled for the Indianapolis Racers and San Diego Mariners before settling back into a minor pro career.

The clever pivot dominated the NAHL in 1975-76 when he recorded 208 points for the Beauce Jaros and was named a first team all-star. The next year he started in Beauce then joined the Binghamton Dusters. Hardy retired in 1978 after moving with the Dusters into the AHL where he registered a league high 63 assists.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1964-65 Jonquiere Marquis M-Cup 3 1 1 2 0
1965-66 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1966-67 New Haven Blades EHL 72 28 51 79 77
1967-68 Victoriaville Tigers Que-Sr. 41 13 23 36 39 12 4 8 12 4
1967-68 Victoriaville Tigers Al-Cup 13 7 6 13 16
1968-69 Victoriaville Tigers Que-Sr. 45 25 54 79 75
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 23 5 4 9 20 -8 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Providence Reds AHL 46 11 27 38 44
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 2 1 0 1 4
1970-71 California Seals NHL 40 4 10 14 31 -14
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 65 18 42 60 105 15 3 7 10 20
1972-73 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 72 17 33 50 80 7 0 2 2 0
1973-74 Chicago Cougars WHA 77 24 35 59 55 17 4 8 12 13
1974-75 Chicago Cougars WHA 17 1 6 7 8
1974-75 Long Island Cougars NAPro 4 1 2 3 2
1974-75 Indianapolis Racers WHA 32 2 17 19 36
1974-75 San Diego Mariners WHA 12 2 3 5 22 3 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Beauce Jaros NAPro 72 60 148 208 98 14 4 24 28 44
1976-77 Beauce Jaros NAPro 22 7 36 43 30
1976-77 Binghamton Dusters NAPro 28 22 28 50 19 8 2 8 10 6
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 73 24 63 87 56
NHL Totals 63 9 14 23 51 4 0 0 0 0


QSHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
QSHL First All-Star Team (1969)
NAHL First All-Star Team (1976)
Signed as a free agent by Oakland, September, 1969. Traded to Montreal by Oakland for cash, October, 1971. Selected by Alberta (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Alberta (WHA) for future considerations, July, 1972. Traded to Chicago (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for Wayne Hillman, August, 1973. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for future considerations, December, 1974. Traded to San Diego (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) for future considerations, March, 1975.
Transferred to Binghamton (NAHL) when Beauce (NAHL) folded, December, 1976.
First professional hockey player to record 200 points in a single season (1975-76).
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