Kelly Hrudey

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Kelly Hrudey
Kelly Hrudey 2006.jpg
Hrudey in 2006
Born (1961-01-13) January 13, 1961 (age 59)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1980
New York Islanders
Playing career 19811998

Kelly Hrudey ( /ˈrdi/ ; born January 13, 1961) is a Canadian former National Hockey League ice hockey goaltender. He is a current hockey broadcaster with Sportsnet as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada and the Calgary Flames as a commentator. During his NHL career, Hrudey played for the New York Islanders (19831989), Los Angeles Kings (19891996), and San Jose Sharks (19961998).



Playing career

Hrudey played junior hockey for three years with the Western Hockey League Medicine Hat Tigers. He was drafted in the second round (38th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Hrudey first played for the Indianapolis Checkers, New York's minor league affiliate, and moved to the main club in the 1984–85 season.

He was the Islanders' goaltender in 1987 when they defeated the Washington Capitals in the longest game in club history, a four-overtime Game 7 thriller known as the "Easter Epic", which was won on a goal by Pat LaFontaine after 68:47 of overtime. [1] Hrudey made 73 saves in a 3–2 Islander victory that ended just before 2am on Easter morning; until Joonas Korpisalo’s 85-save performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning 33 years later, Hrudey’s 73 saves in a single game stood as a modern NHL record. [2]

Later in 1987, he was the third string goaltender on Team Canada during the 1987 Canada Cup, but did not appear in a game.

In 1989, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings [3] and would play there for eight seasons. His most notable achievement was playing in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, but the team lost to Patrick Roy's Montreal Canadiens. [4] In 1996, he signed with the San Jose Sharks and played his last two seasons there before retiring in 1998.

Broadcasting career

During the latter years of his playing career, he often joined Hockey Night in Canada as a studio analyst to supplement their playoff coverage if his team missed or was eliminated from Stanley Cup contention. After retiring, he joined the broadcast team full-time as an analyst. He was featured in the "Behind the Mask" segment with hosts Scott Russell and later Scott Oake during the first intermission of the second game of Saturday night doubleheaders. In 2007, Hrudey helped debut Hockey Night in Canada Radio. The show originating from Toronto with host Jeff Marek is a three-hour program dedicated to hockey. The show is broadcast on Sirius XM Channel 122 and 97. Hrudey co-hosts Monday and Wednesday from his home studio in Calgary. For the 2008–09 season, he began working alongside host Ron MacLean and Elliotte Friedman on HNIC's lead studio team.

Hrudey also made a weekly appearance on the TSN 1040 in Vancouver with Rick Ball.

With Rogers Media, the parent company of Sportsnet, gaining the sole national rights to the NHL beginning in the 2014-15 season, in August 2014, Hrudey joined Sportsnet full time to participate in their hockey coverage. In addition to his HNIC role (which remains on CBC as part of a four year sub-licensing deal), he along with Ball became the new announcers for the Calgary Flames regional broadcasts. [5]

Personal life

Hrudey lives with his wife Donna and their three daughters in Signal Hill, Calgary, Alberta. Hrudey does advocacy work in the field of mental health, inspired in part by his daughter's struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. [6] He received an honorary degree from Mount Royal University on November 3, 2017 for his mental health advocacy efforts. [7] He is of Ukrainian origin. [8] He has a dog named Kingston.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
1978–79 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 5712347309331806.17
1979–80 Medicine Hat TigersWHL5725234304921214.17.89913666384804.51
1980–81 Medicine Hat TigersWHL5532191302320043.97.8954132441704.18
1980–81 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 2135803.56
1981–82 Indianapolis CheckersCHL5127194303314912.95.900131128423412.42
1982–83 Indianapolis CheckersCHL4726171274413923.04.89410736372802.64
1983–84 Indianapolis CheckersCHL63213702103.40
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 127205352803.14.903
1984–85 New York IslandersNHL4119173233514123.62.886513281801.71.946
1985–86 New York IslandersNHL4519158256313713.21.906202120603.00.898
1986–87 New York IslandersNHL4621157263414503.30.88114778423802.71.918
1987–88 New York IslandersNHL4722175275115333.34.8966243802303.62.851
1988–89 New York IslandersNHL5018243280018303.92.874
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL1610429744712.90.90410465663503.71.881
1989–90 Los Angeles KingsNHL5222216286019424.07.8739445393903.62.853
1990–91 Los Angeles KingsNHL4726136273013232.90.90012667983702.78.903
1991–92 Los Angeles KingsNHL60271713350919713.37.8976243552203.72.877
1992–93 Los Angeles KingsNHL5018216271817523.86.89720101012617403.52.887
1993–94 Los Angeles KingsNHL6422317371322813.68.897
1994–95 Los Angeles KingsNHL251413518949903.14.910
1995–96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 101050505.95.828
1995–96 Los Angeles KingsNHL3671510207711303.26.907
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL4816245263114003.19.889
1997–98 San Jose SharksNHL28416213606212.74.89710020103.00.833
NHL totals6772712658838,0812174173.43.893853646516128303.29.891


1986 Canada WC 5299224.41

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Preceded by
Paul Harrison
and Ken Ellacott
Winner of the Terry Sawchuk Trophy
with Robert Holland

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Francis
Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
Succeeded by
Bruce Affleck
John Vanbiesbrouck