Kelly Hrudey returns for his sixth straight season as an analyst with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, working alongside host Scott Oake for the western broadcasts of the Saturday night doubleheaders. A popular and knowledgeable hockey commentator, Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA during the 1998/99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons with host Ron MacLean.
During the 1999 NHL playoffs, Hrudey’s segment Behind the Mask became a regular feature on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA and currently airs during the first intermission of game two of the Saturday night doubleheaders. Hrudey, a former NHL goalie, also offers his intriguing insights and analysis during CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA post-game show After Hours.
In February 2006, Hrudey joined CBC’s broadcast crew for TORINO 2006 – THE OLYMPIC GAMES, working as an analyst for various sports and hosting special features throughout the Games. The 2006 Olympic Winter Games marks Hrudey’s second Olympic broadcast experience.
In the fall of 2001, Hrudey strapped on the pads at training camp with the Calgary Flames for Basic Training—a feature on the Flames training camp that aired during CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA pre-game show during the first five weeks of the regular season. It provided fans with a rare glimpse of what players, rookies and veterans alike go through en route to, hopefully, making an NHL squad.
During his 15-year NHL career as a goalie with the New York Islanders (six years), Los Angeles Kings (seven years) and San Jose Sharks (two years), the former Medicine Hat Tiger compiled a record of 271-265-88, with a goals against average of 3.43 and 16 shutouts.