GENEVA – One month after concluding its Clark Cup defense in the playoffs, the Chicago Steel announced a flurry of front office and coaching personnel changes.
On Wednesday, the Steel named Ryan Hardy as the new general manager, per a release from the organization.
Furthermore, after coming on as interim head coach and assistant general manager in Jan., "by mutual understanding", Ryan Cruthers will not be returning to the organization.
Associate head coach, Ben Gordon, and Director of Hockey Operations, Dave Rogowski, will also not return.
Hardy spent the previous two seasons scouting amateur prospects across North America for the Boston Bruins, and will now oversee hockey operations – Including scouting and player development. Plus, coaching and the team’s exclusive partnership with Belfry Hockey.
Before joining the Bruins, Hardy spent parts of four seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Hardy served as Director of Player Personnel, Assistant Director of Player Personnel and Regional Scouting Manager from 2013-17.
Hardy is leading the search for the organization's next coach, which that announcement is expected to precede his official start date on July 1. Hardy will finish his duties with the Bruins through the NHL Entry Draft.
“Thank you to Larry Robbins and [Steel President] Dan Lehv for this opportunity to lead the Steel into its next chapter,” Hardy said via the release. “Their commitment to make Chicago the pre-eminent destination for players who are looking to maximize their development on the road to the NCAA and the NHL is something that I am incredibly excited about."
"The opportunity to work with Darryl Belfry and his staff is something that really drew me to this position. We all share a common goal of finding new frontiers in player development and are committed to building something unique and special for young hockey players not only in the United States, but across North America and the world.”