2008-09: Max Tardy scored 28 goals and added 20 assists in 25 games for Duluth East High School, and was a finalist for the 2009 Mr. Hockey award in Minnesota.
2009-10: Tardy skated in 52 USHL games with the Tri-City Storm, scoring 12 goals, 24 assists for 36 points. He added 1 assist in 3 playoff games.
2010-11: Tardy skated in 26 games for NCAA national champion Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman. Tardy saw limited ice time for much of the year but his role steadily increased as the season went on and he scored his only goal, a power play tally, in the national championship game against Michigan. He finished the season with 1 goal and 2 assists and was -3 with 14 PMs.
2011-12: Playing in a lower line role for Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore, Tardy skated in all 41 games for the Bulldogs and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes – scoring 2 goals with 5 assists. The defending NCAA champions, Minnesota-Duluth finished second in the WCHA and were ranked among the top teams in college hockey. The Bulldogs lost to Denver in double overtime in the WCHA semifinals and lost to eventual national champion Boston College in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.
2012-13: Tardy appeared in 14 of 38 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a junior in what was an uncharacteristic tough season for the Bulldogs. Caught in a numbers game among the lower line forwards, Tardy had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs finished ninth in their final season in the WCHA and were swept by Wisconsin in the first round of the conference tournament.
He does not have much size, but plays an explosive game and does not shy away from the net. He delivers solid hits and is a very good forechecker. He looks confident in the faceoff circle and plays very good in transition. If he adds a bit more muscle, he could be a third line player at least in the NHL.
Tardy has had a very difficult time at the college level. In 2012-13, he managed just one assist in 14 games. His offensive game has always been a question, but he has maintained his solid skating and defensive skills. He should get his professional opportunity in the near future.