MIDDLETOWN, NJ – John Hallard was a Shore Conference star at Middletown North, and now the Port Monmouth native is taking his game to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) after signing a tender agreement with the Shreveport Mudbugs.
Hallard, a North Jersey Avalanche product who registered 25 points (9g, 16a) in 31 games in Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) competition a season ago, received a taste of major junior hockey competition in 2019-20 when he suited up for two United States Hockey League (USHL) games with the Chicago Steel.
“John is a tenacious defenseman who can play in all situations,” Mudbugs Director of Scouting, Mike Grattan, said of Hallard. “He brings poise and timing to our lineup and fits well in the tradition of D that have come through Shreveport.”
Hallard, who will join a Mudbugs club that clinched a playoff berth in the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 campaign, made his name at the NJSIAA level with Middletown North. As a freshman in 2015-16 he anchored a lines defensive unit that was integral in the club’s run to the state semifinals.
A sophomore Hallard broke out as a top blue liner in the state, pairing 19 goals with 21 assists while the opposition’s most explosive offensive threats.
In his final run with Middletown North, Hallard helped lead the Lions back to the state semifinals. He closed his scholastic career after three varsity seasons with 76 points (33g, 43a).
Hallard is the second Middletown, NJ native and Shore Conference hockey star to sign with an NAHL franchise for the 2020-21 season, following St. John Vianney alum and North Jersey Avalanche teammate John Gelatt, who inked a tender contract with the Johnstown Tomahawks.