Today the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings honor one of the more popular players from their rich history, former goaltender Kelly Hrudey. Hrudey played for the Kings for eight seasons (1989-1996) and was a guy who wore his heart on his sleeve while starring on some really good Kings teams and toiling in net for some truly pathetic ones. The following is a re-post of an interview that I shared with readers back in October of 2010. The Kings are honoring one of the really good guys in the sport of hockey today before their game against Calgary and I fully expect the “HRU-DEEEEY” chants to come in earnest. I’m certain he will appreciate them. And we certainly appreciated him.
I previously posted an interview I did with former L.A. Kings player Bernie Nicholls. On the eve of the start of the 2010-2011 season for the Kings I thought it might be fun to revisit an interview I conducted with my favorite Kings goaltender – Kelly Hrudey.
In addition to being just a great interview and all-around guy, Hrudey was a versatile goalie who had a rather unorthodox style. He was a flopper. While modern-day goalies pride themselves on always being square to the shooter and effortlessly gliding from post to post to make saves, Hrudey was more about throwing himself around to make saves while wearing his heart on his sleeve.
I truly enjoyed Hrudey’s tenure in goal with the Kings and enjoyed the hour he spent on the phone with me back in 2008 when we did the following interview. Hope you enjoy it!
He had a flair for the…
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