AS A BULLDOG: Appears to be on doorstep of a breakout year in 2012-13 … his sophomore stat summary included two goals and five assists ... posted two-assist evenings last season in victories over both Colorado College (Feb. 24) and Providence College (Oct. 21) ... increased his workload substantially as a sophomore -- did not miss a game all year (one of 12 Bulldogs who could make that claim) ... steadily gained steam throughout his inaugural collegiate go-around and capped the year off with a moment he won’t ever forget ... played in 26 games as rookie, including all four NCAA tournament clashes and produced three points overall ... was promoted to the team’s No. 2 power play unit at the 2011 Frozen Four and wound up scoring his lone goal to date with the man advantage against Michigan which gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead en route to the national title ... UMD went unbeaten in all but four games with him in the lineup (18-4-4) two winters ago.
BEFORE UMD: Left the Twin Ports in 2009 for the bright lights of the United States Hockey League and a one-year stint with the Tri-City Storm ... amassed 36 points, which included 12 goals, in 52 regular season games, good for fourth place on the Tri-City’s 2009-10 scoring charts ... just over half (eight goals and 11 assists) of his offensive harvest came on the power play ... put an exclamation point on a sensational senior season at Duluth East High School by being chosen the Duluth News-Tribune’s Player of the Year ... was credited with a team-best 61 points (a 20-point hike from the previous winter) and captained the Greyhounds to a berth in the 2009 Minnesota State High School Class AA Tournament ... corralled Associated Press All-State second team acclaim as a senior and was also a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist ... reigned as the leading scorer in the Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League prior to the start of his farewell prep campaign ... his National Hockey League draft rights are held by the St. Louis Blues (7th round, 202nd pick overall in 2009) ... also stood out on the Greyhound baseball diamond as a second baseman and pitcher.
PERSONAL: Born Maxwell Rustad Tardy on Oct. 27, 1990 in Grand Marais, Minn. ... is the son of Mike and Addy Tardy ... has two older siblings -- Weston, a four-year hockey letterman at Colorado College (2002-06), and Robin ... his uncle, the late Bob Boyatt, is a former Bulldog hockey player (1948-50 and 1953-54), and head coach (1954-55) ... is majoring in finance at UMD.
BULLDOG MILESTONES: First Game - at Northern Michigan (Oct. 9, 2010). First Goal - vs. Michigan (April 9, 2011). First Assist - at Clarkson (Jan. 4, 2011). Most Goals, Game - 1 (3 Times). Most Points, Game - 2 vs. Colorado College (Feb. 24, 2012) and at Providence College (Oct. 21, 2011). Longest Scoring Streak - 1 Games (8 Times).