Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C., and has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse, a report on KABC-TV’s website said. Hardy was taken into custody overnight and that “the complaint came from a woman in her 20s who claimed to be a relative of Hardy’s,” according to the report. A statement released by the Kings said, “We are aware of the charge. Due to the legal nature of this matter, we will not have any additional comments at this time.” The report said Hardy “is set to be arraigned Friday unless he posts bail.”
Hardy, 51, played in 915 career NHL games, including parts of 11 seasons with the Kings. He was a Kings assistant coach from 1999-2006 under Andy Murray, and returned in 2008 as an assistant coach under Terry Murray.