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Brent Krahn is a beloved Calgary Flames alumni, a successful CEO, a casual radio/tv personality and analyst for the Calgary Flames. Brent enjoyed a very successful junior hockey career with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen before being drafted in the first round by Calgary in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. A highly regarded prospect at the time, he was the second goaltender selected in the draft, after Rick DiPietro, who was selected first overall. Brent spent time in the American Hockey League with the San Antonio Rampage, Lowell Lock Monsters, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, and the Quad City Flames. Unfortunately, a recurring knee injury seriously hampered his development at the professional level and changed the trajectory of his NHL career.
Kelly Hrudey was a successful NHL goaltender who played for the New York Islanders in 1987 when they defeated the Washington Capitals in the longest game in club history, a four-overtime Game 7 thriller known as the “Easter Epic”. Hrudey made an astounding 73 saves in a 3–2 Islander victory that ended just before 2 am on Easter morning. Hrudey’s 73 saves in a single game stood as a modern NHL record until Joonas Korpisalo’s 85-save performance for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Tampa Bay Lightning 33 years later.
In 1989, Hrudey was traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he played for eight seasons. His most notable achievement was playing in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals where sadly, The Kings lost to the Montreal Canadiens. In 1996, Kelley signed with the San Jose Sharks where he played his last two seasons there before retiring in 1998.
Kelly is now a regular fixture on Hockey Night in Canada. Kelley was featured in the “Behind the Mask” segment with hosts Scott Russell and later Scott Oake during the first intermission of the second game of Saturday night doubleheaders. In 2007, Hrudey helped debut Hockey Night in Canada Radio. The show originating from Toronto with host Jeff Marek is a three-hour program dedicated to hockey. The show is broadcast on Sirius XM Channel 122 and 97. Hrudey co-hosts Monday and Wednesday from his home studio in Calgary. For the 2008–09 season, he began working alongside host Ron MacLean and Elliotte Friedman on HNIC’s lead studio team. Kelly is also a Calgary Flames commentator.
Kelly is an enthusiastic community supporter and a strong advocate for mental health awareness.
Olympic gold medallist Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski was part of the Women’s Eight Rowing team at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year! Despite injuries from a bike crash just over one month before the Olympics, Kasia was part of Canada’s first Olympic gold in any women’s rowing event since Atlanta 1996 and the first gold in the women’s eight since Barcelona 1992.