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Streit and Hardy

Tuesday, 19.02.2008 / 9:45 AM / News
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Streit and Hardy\r\n
Mark Hardy
MONTREAL - Laurel and Hardy are without a doubt among the most famous comic duos to ever hit the big screen. And thanks to Mark Streit, that one-two punch may be on the verge of rising from the ashes.

While Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy did their thing between two World Wars, the Canadiens’ defenseman is about to form a tag team with another Hardy.

For two decades, Swiss blue-liner and QMJHL product Mark Hardy quickly etched his name into the league record books for Swiss players. In doing so, Hardy barely even broke a sweat. His only competition was Streit and Reto Von Arx, who played 19 games with the Blackhawks in 2000-01.

From 1979 though 1994, Hardy played over 900 NHL games split between the Kings, North Stars and the Rangers. Currently an assistant coach under Denis Savard in Chicago, Hardy enjoyed his most productive season in 1984-85 when he scored 14 goals and put up 53 points with Los Angeles.

With already 39 points in the bank this year, Streit needs one more point to become only the second Swiss player to crack the 40-point mark, something Hardy accomplished three times over 16 NHL seasons.

A few sleepless nights may await Hardy in the coming weeks as his claim to fame among Switzerland-born players could soon go up in smoke. With 17 points in his last 21 games, Streit may topple Hardy from the Swiss Alps much sooner than later.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com