His trademark blue bandanna is gone but Kelly Hrudey doesn’t look a day older than he did 19 years ago, when he tended goal for the Kings during their first run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Now a well-regarded commentator for Hockey Night in Canada’s telecasts, Hrudey visited the Kings’ spacious Staples Center locker room after their morning skate on Monday and acknowledged he is delighted to be in Los Angeles to see the current Kings pursue the Cup.
“It’s a little different than our dressing room,” Hrudey said of the old Forum. “I just can’t believe they actually have air conditioning in this dressing room in comparison to our dressing room. It was so hot in there. It was crazy.”
Hrudey has been back to Los Angeles many times but seeing the Kings in the Final has allowed him to relive some happy memories.
“This is amazing. I actually am very emotional. And I’ve talked to some of my former teammates and it’s the same way, how emotional this experience is, and to see them in the finals it’s actually really rewarding,” Hrudey said.