Owen Hardy is now a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The East Division team acquired the 20-year-old forward from the Vancouver Giants Friday as the defending Western Conference Champions sorted out their group of overage talent. The move gives the Giants three 20-year-old players in forward Milos Roman, defenceman Dylan Plouffe, and goaltender David Tendeck.
In return, the Giants received a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2022 or 2023 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
“Owen was a warrior for us. He battled hard for his teammates and set a standard for what being a Vancouver Giant is all about,” said Giants General Manager Barclay Parneta. “He brought leadership on and off the ice and is another player that has forever left his mark on the history of the Vancouver Giants.”
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound product of Nanaimo, B.C. was originally chosen by the Giants in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Last season, Hardy posted 21 points (9G-12A) in 64 games, including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal. Hardy was a valuable piece of the Giants’ run in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, posting 12 points (5G-7A), including one game-winning goal, in 22 games. In three games this season, Hardy had a pair of assists with Vancouver.
To date, Hardy has appeared in 233 WHL regular season games, posting 69 points (30G-39A), including four power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. In 29 WHL playoff games, Hardy has recorded 15 points (6G-9A), including one game-winning goal.
“We are very pleased to add Owen to our hockey club. Owen is a character guy who brings a tremendous amount of leadership and experience to our group,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar. “He plays a complete, hard, power forward game. Along with Jadon Joseph, their playoff experience last year is a benefit to our club.”
Weekend action will keep the Warriors at home for their lone meeting when they host the Regina Pats at Mosaic Place on Sunday, October 6 (4:00 P.M. MT).