Mr. Kelly S. Hrudey

Biography / November 18, 2013

Mr. Kelly Hrudey was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue at 19 Wing Comox in April 2015.

Honorary Colonel Hrudey, the hockey analyst on the Rogers Sports network, is a former NHL goaltender. He played junior hockey for three years with the Medicine Hat Tigers and was drafted in the 1980 Draft by the New York Islanders, playing for their minor league affiliate, the Indianapolis Checkers. He moved to the main club in 1983 where he remained for five seasons. He subsequently spent eight years with the Los Angeles Kings before moving to the San Jose Sharks for the final two seasons. He retired in 1998. Notably, he joined Ron Hextall and Grant Fuhr as the goalies for Team Canada during the 1987 Canada Cup.

Honorary Colonel Hrudey began his broadcasting career during the latter years of his playing career. He often joined Hockey Night in Canada as a studio analyst if his team did not qualify for post-season play. He became a full-time analyst upon retiring from his playing career. In 2007 Honorary Colonel Hrudey helped debut “Hockey Night in Canada Radio” which ran until July 2014. In August 2014, he continued his employment with Rogers Communications when they won the bid to broadcast “Hockey Night in Canada”.

Honorary Colonel Hrudey is involved in a range of charitable events across Canada including a golf tournament “Kelly Hrudey and Friends”. Proceeds support three charities including the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre. He is also actively involved with Easter Seals as the Honorary Chair of Alberta, Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation and many others. Notably, Honorary Colonel Hrudey and his daughter speak at numerous events to raise awareness on Mental Health issues.

Honorary Colonel Hrudey and his family reside in Calgary.

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