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Kelly Hrudey Says Time With Los Angeles Kings Was His “Best Eight Years of Hockey”

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Includes exclusive video of an interview with former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey on March 8, 2013.


Kelly Hrudey
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The blue bandana that so many remember him by is long gone, but fans of the Los Angeles Kings who go back to the time that Wayne Gretzky wore the team’s black, white and silver jersey with the “chevron” logo will remember goaltender Kelly Hrudey, who will be honored by the team during pre-game ceremonies tonight, when they host the Calgary Flames (7:00 PM PST, Staples Center).

Hrudey, now 52, expressed some embarrassment about tonight’s festivities.

“[It’s] kind of embarrassing,” he said. “Nobody thinks that when you see all the great players that have played in this organization that somehow they’re going to choose you, that you’re going to be honored. So I’m very, very excited, very humbled. It’s hard to put into words.”

“Kings President/Business Operations Luc [Robitaille, who was a teammate of Hrudey’s with the Kings] told me last year in the playoffs that they’re going to do something for me this year, and I thought, ‘that’s really cool,’” he added. “Then, when he called me in the summer and told me the date, if there was not going to be a lockout, then it really started to sink in that this is really cool.”

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LA Kings Training Camp: King, Nolan Looking Forward To Proving Themselves In First Full NHL Season; Hickey Dishes On His Future

TRAINING CAMP: Left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan shared their thoughts about the coming season, as well as what playing in the American Hockey League during the lockout did for their conditioning and preparation for the NHL season. Also, defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey talked about his future in the weeks before he was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season, forward Jeff Carter coming to the Los Angeles Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets made all the headlines as being the lynch pin, at least from the player personnel aspect, to the Kings’ dominating run through the playoffs, on their way to their first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

But even though they didn’t get as much of the media exposure, just as important was the contributions of three rookies, left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, along with defenseman Slava Voynov.

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LA Kings Training Camp Update: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier Won’t Sulk Despite Trade Request

TRAINING CAMP: The pace and the contact were on the rise during Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp. After practice, Dustin Brown talked about what he believes is most important to focus on during the short training camp, Darryl Sutter raved about forward prospect Tyler Toffoli, Dean Lombardi commented on the loss of defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey via the waiver wire, and Jonathan Bernier provided some assurances regarding where his mental game is at going into another season as the backup netminder. Includes raw audio interviews.


Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp saw the team focusing on game situations and drills with more contact than in previous days.

“It was our fourth practice today, and we built a little bit of game situations and contact into it,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We really liked [how things went] today. We liked the pace, the compete [level].”

The goalies got more out of Tuesday’s practice as well.

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Tickets Still Available For NHLPA Charity Hockey Game Benefitting LA Jr. Kings and Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Tickets are still available, but are going fast, for the National Hockey League Players Association Charity Hockey Game and Auction on Friday, November 9, 2012, benefitting the LA Jr. Kings (PW AAA 2000, and the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation, played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Autographed merchandise will be auctioned, including pucks, sticks, and game-worn jerseys. You can also bid on a chance to coach one of the teams.

“The Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting breast cancer education, early detection and research,” the foundation stated in a press release. “Breast cancer affects more than just those diagnosed; it affects spouses, children, family members and friends.”

“Proceeds will also help the Jr. Kings Pee Wee AAA1 team travel to the 53rd Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament Read more of this post

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