January 11, 2015
Mark Hartigan was a college and minor league star who played in over 100 NHL games with the expansion era Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also played briefly with Anaheim (2007) and Detroit (2008), winning the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years, albeit mostly as a spare player.
He never quite seemed to find a home in the NHL. He was an average skater, more slippery than fast. He knew what to do with the puck but needed to upgrade his strength and defensive play in order to become a full time NHLer. He played in 102 NHL games, scoring 19 goals and 11 assists for 30 points).
A graduate of St. Cloud University (where he earned a degree in Business Management and was a Hobey Baker finalist) finished his career with four seasons travelling around Europe.
Hartigan is now a real estate agent in his bustling hometown of Fort St. John, British Columbia.