Kelly Hrudey (//; 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 (1983–1989), Los Angeles Kings (1989–1996), and San Jose Sharks (1996–1998).
Hrudey in 2006
January 13, 1961|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
New York Islanders|
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
38th overall, 1980|
New York Islanders
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. Hrudey made 73 saves in a 3–2 Islander victory that ended just before 2am on Easter morning.
In 1989, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings 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. In 1996, he signed with the San Jose Sharks and played his last two seasons there before retiring in 1998.
During the latter years of his playing career, in the event his team missed the post-season, he often joined Hockey Night in Canada as a studio analyst to supplement their playoff coverage. 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 Ron MacLean and Mike Milbury on HNIC's primary studio team.
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.
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. He received an honorary degree from Mount Royal University on November 3, 2017 for his mental health advocacy efforts.
Regular season and playoffs
|1978–79||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||57||12||34||7||3093||318||0||6.17||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||57||25||23||4||3049||212||1||4.17||.899||13||6||6||638||48||0||4.51||—|
|1980–81||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||55||32||19||1||3023||200||4||3.97||.895||4||1||3||244||17||0||4.18||—|
|1983–84||New York Islanders||NHL||12||7||2||0||535||28||0||3.14||.903||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New York Islanders||NHL||41||19||17||3||2335||141||2||3.62||.886||5||1||3||281||8||0||1.71||.946|
|1985–86||New York Islanders||NHL||45||19||15||8||2563||137||1||3.21||.906||2||0||2||120||6||0||3.00||.898|
|1986–87||New York Islanders||NHL||46||21||15||7||2634||145||0||3.30||.881||14||7||7||842||38||0||2.71||.918|
|1987–88||New York Islanders||NHL||47||22||17||5||2751||153||3||3.34||.896||6||2||4||380||23||0||3.62||.851|
|1988–89||New York Islanders||NHL||50||18||24||3||2800||183||0||3.92||.874||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||16||10||4||2||974||47||1||2.90||.904||10||4||6||566||35||0||3.71||.881|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||52||22||21||6||2860||194||2||4.07||.873||9||4||4||539||39||0||3.62||.853|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||47||26||13||6||2730||132||3||2.90||.900||12||6||6||798||37||0||2.78||.903|
|1991–92||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||60||27||17||13||3509||197||1||3.37||.897||6||2||4||355||22||0||3.72||.877|
|1992–93||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||50||18||21||6||2718||175||2||3.86||.897||20||10||10||1261||74||0||3.52||.887|
|1993–94||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||64||22||31||7||3713||228||1||3.68||.897||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||25||14||13||5||1894||99||0||3.14||.910||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||36||7||15||10||2077||113||0||3.26||.907||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||San Jose Sharks||NHL||48||16||24||5||2631||140||0||3.19||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||28||4||16||2||1360||62||1||2.74||.897||1||0||0||20||1||0||3.00||.833|
and Ken Ellacott
| Winner of the Terry Sawchuk Trophy
with Robert Holland
| Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy