Sometimes news stories fall through the cracks for whatever reason. This is one of them. Jonathan Quick passed Kelly Hrudey to become the winningest goaltender in Kings history when he shut out the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night. Quick has 27 victories in his career as the Kings’ goalie, topping Hrudey’s 26.
“What Kelly mean to this organization 20 years ago was pretty impressive,” Quick said. “Everything he accomplished here … I’ve gotten a chance to know him and he’s a great guy, loves hockey. I remember watching him when I was growing up. He was very competitive and hated to lose. Being able to pass him on that list, it’s an accomplishment.”
Kelly Hrudey was back on duty Saturday night.
He was at Staples Center in his role as a commentator for “Hockey Night in Canada.”
He also were there to be honored as part of the Kings’ Legends Night series.
Kelly Hrudey will be honored during Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames as part of the team’s Legends Night promotion this season. Hrudey told reporters Friday morning he was “honored” by the gesture of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. “But the other word that comes to mind is embarrassed,” he added. “I don’t know if anybody ever thinks that once your time is done with an organization that they’re going to honor you. You think you’re going to do your best and you move on and they move on. So, I’m eally excited about it. Beyond excited. And really nervous.”
The Kings will honor former goaltender Kelly Hrudey on Saturday night as part of their Legends Night series this season at Staples Center. Hrudey played with a distinctive bandanna beneath his goalie mask, and all fans attending Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames will receive a Hrudey-style bandanna. Hrudey played for 15 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Kings. “Hrudey on Duty,” was a common rallying cry as he helped to lead the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. Hrudey is second on the Kings’ all-time list in victories with 145 and appearances with 360.
As part of his series, tracking down some of the most popular Kings of the recent past, Don tracked down Kelly Hrudey, Kings goalie from 1989 to 1996. Hrudey, now 47, is best known, of course, for helping the Kings reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. Hrudey now serves as a commentator for CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.” Thanks to Don for the great interview…