The award is presented annually to the GM who best excelled at his role, voted on by the 14 USHL GMs.
"Awards for a manager are truly a reflection of an entire department far more than any one individual,” Hardy said in a release. "This department has collectively built the finest development environment for junior-aged hockey players anywhere in the United States, and perhaps, the entire world. I’m grateful for the contributions that our scouting staff, development team, coaches, and players have made over the past three seasons.
"I’m especially blessed to work alongside Brock Sheahan, an incredible coach, who has led our team to a Clark Cup, two Anderson Cups, and countless league and team records, all while representing our organization to the highest levels of intelligence and integrity. Any personal accolades that I garner belong to him, his staff, and our players.”
Hardy guided the Steel to win the Anderson Cup in the regular season and Clark Cup in the playoffs. Chicago finished the regular season 38-11-3-2 with 81 points to claim the Anderson Cup for a second straight season. The Steel swept the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Muskegon Lumberjacks then defeated the Fargo Force 3-1 in the Clark Cup Final.
Hardy is the ninth general manager in USHL history to win multiple GM of the Year awards. He previously won the award in 2019 during his first season with the Steel. The Sioux Falls Stampede swept Chicago in the Cup final that season.
The Steel are 116-39-8-2 in three seasons with Hardy at the helm, including the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 campaign.