By the time the dust settled, Mike Hardman had a new destination.
Following the 2017-18 season, Hardman’s only one in the United States Hockey League, the Des Moines Buccaneers fired head coach and general manager Dave Allison and assistant coach Nate Weossner.
Hardman, a native of Hanover, Mass., had a strong relationship with both of them and was upset.
“Both of those coaches recruited me hard out of Winchendon School and really believed in me,” the 20-year-old forward explained. “I played a lot with Des Moines.”