Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hardy Astrom
The Rangers GM John Ferguson scouted Astrom at the 1977 World Championships in Vienna and the goalie stood up to the scrutiny, helping his native Sweden win the silver medal at that year's tournament. Fergie put him on the team's negotiating list, and that fall Astrom was a Broadway Blueshirt.

But Hardy played only four games that 1977-78 season, finishing the year again at the Worlds where Tre Kronor finished fourth after he had spent the majority of the year in the minors.

Disappointed by his NHL treatment, he retreated to Sweden for all of 1978-79 but when his rights were traded in the summer to lowly Colorado he thought he'd have a better chance of getting into more games. That he did, but with the Rockies he was publicly pilloried by coach Don Cherry for not being able to stop a beachball. The goalie's record of 9-27-6 didn't help matters, and at year's end Cherry was fired and Astrom returned for another year!

A similar fate befell the goalie, though, who was demoted after playing 30 games. He hung around North America for one more season in the minors and then moved home where he continued his career in the Swedish league for another four years.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1974-75 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 30 0 3.20 5 3.71
1975-76 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 36 1 4.14
1976-77 Sweden Can-Cup 4 1 2 1 4.00
1976-77 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 35 0 4.07
1976-77 Sweden WEC-A 4 1 2 0 1 3.19
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 4 2 2 0 0 3.50
1977-78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 27 17 5 3 5 2.63
1977-78 Sweden WEC-A 4 4.33
1978-79 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 26 0 4.00
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 49 9 27 6 0 3.75
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 30 6 15 6 0 3.76
1980-81 Fort Worth Texans CHL 7 1 5 0 0 3.65 1 0 0 0 0 9.00
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 35 12 18 1 0 4.84 2 0 1 0 0 7.87
1982-83 MoDo Ornskoldsvik Sweden
1983-84 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 2.16
1984-85 Sodertalje SK Sweden 27 3 3.38 8 5 3 0 1 3.15
1985-86 Sodertalje SK Sweden 28 0 3.16 7 4 3 0 0 3.29
NHL Totals 83 17 44 12 0 3.74


Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, March 15, 1977. Rights traded to Colorado by NY Rangers for Bill Lochead, July 2, 1979.