VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2011) - Hard Creek Nickel Corporation (TSX:HNC)(FRANKFURT:BRR)(WKN-AOB6ST) (the "Company") today announces that pursuant to its Stock Option Plan, approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Company will be granting 150,000 stock options to certain Consultants, Directors, Officers and Employees, exercisable at $0.42 per share, expiring July 11, 2016.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

"Mark Jarvis"

MARK JARVIS, President
HARD CREEK NICKEL CORPORATION

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Contact Information:

Hard Creek Nickel Corporation
Mark Jarvis
President
604-681-2300
604-681-2310 (FAX)
info@hardcreek.com
www.hardcreeknickel.com