Kings assistant resigns amind sex abuse allegations

Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy has resigned while

facing a fourth-degree charge of felony sexual abuse.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Kings said Hardy resigned on

Friday.

Hardy’s attorney says the former NHL defenseman has entered an

alcohol treatment program.

Hardy was arrested last month in Washington, D.C., after a woman

said he fondled her in a hotel room after a night of heavy

drinking. He is scheduled to return to court July 1.

The 51-year-old Hardy had spent 21 years with the Kings as a

player and a coach. After seven seasons in the Chicago Blackhawks’

organization, he returned to Los Angeles in August 2008 to join

Terry Murray’s staff.