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Calling the Shots

Few people have had a better front row seat to hockey history than Kelly Hrudey, whose former teammates include Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky, among many others of the game’s greats.

n 1987, he stood tall in net during the Easter Epic, the longest playoff game in Islanders history. Kelly made seventy-three saves (to this day an NHL record for most saves made in a playoff game) against the Capitals before Pat LaFontaine scored the winner in the fourth overtime period of Game Seven at two o’clock in the morning. Later that year, Kelly was in the Canada Cup lineup of one of the most talented teams ever assembled on ice. In 1989, he joined Wayne Gretzky and Marty McSorley on a team that took Los Angeles by storm: the Kings went all the way to the Stanley Cup final against the Canadiens in 1993.

Hrudey is now a well-respected hockey analyst and broadcaster and has watched with a keen eye as the game continues to evolve. Through it all, he has seen greatness and missed opportunities, inspiring moments and outright craziness. Working with bestselling author Kirstie McLellan Day, Kelly delivers a lively and thoughtful memoir, rich in behind-the-scenes anecdotes, humour and insight.

About the Author

KELLY HRUDEY was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. The former Medicine Hat Tiger and Indianapolis Checker played for fifteen seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. He is currently an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada and a colour commentator for the Calgary Flames. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Donna, and daughters, Jessica, Megan and Kaitlin.

KIRSTIE MCLELLAN DAY ranks among the top hockey book writers in the world thanks to the three national bestsellers: Theo Fleury’s #1 bestselling memoir Playing with Fire, Bob Probert’s Tough Guy and Ron MacLean’s Cornered. She's currently working with Marty McSorley on his upcoming Hellbent. Her other books include Above and Beyond, a comprehensive family and business history of cable magnate J.R. Shaw; Under the Mat, a memoir with Diana Hart of the Hart wrestling family; and No Remorse, a true-crime novel. Kirstie is a mother of five and lives with her husband, television producer Larry Day, in Calgary. Together they own one of Canada’s most successful television companies, Pyramid Productions. Follow her on Twitter @kmclellanday.


ISBN: 9781443452243
ISBN - 10: 1443452246
Publishing: Oct. 24, 2017



Maclean’s magazine calls her ‘Canada’s Ice Queen’ and the Globe and Mail says she’s ‘Hockey's leading muse’. Kirstie McLellan Day is best known for the back to back to back bestsellers she co-wrote with Bob Probert, Ron MacLean and Theo Fleury. Fleury's Playing With Fire spent more than six months at the top of the Canadian bestseller list. Kirstie was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award. She adapted the book into a play and in May 2012 won the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Production of the Year.

Kirstie is CEO of Pyramid Productions Inc. Formed in 1983, Pyramid’s first series, The Movie Show, aired for 17 years and was broadcast in over 70 countries. Kirsite’s writing career began with a WIC Network development deal on a scripted drama she created called, Cyrano de Bow Wow.

Kirstie's specialty is finding the voice of her subjects and telling people's stories. She has worked as Head Writer on documentaries, reality and scripted series, including Theo Fleury (HBO), Jann Arden (CTV), Ian Tyson (CBC), Wild Horses of the Canadian Rockies (Animal Planet), Wild Obsession (Discovery) and numerous episodes of Biography (A&E). Kirstie has written and made television for PBS, CTV, CBC, Global and Shaw Media, Citytv, W Network, Cosmo, CMT, Movie Central, The Movie Network, Bravo!, Slice, TVtropolis, Animal Planet, Court TV, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet. She also wrote an entertainment column for The Calgary Herald for six years and currently serves as executive producer and senior writer on Celebrity Style Story, a 60 episode series for E! Canada.

Kirstie was born in Saskatchewan and studied drama at the University of Regina. She moved to Alberta in 1973 and has since worked as a private detective, investigative journalist, columnist, television host, producer and CEO of Pyramid Productions Inc. She and husband, broadcaster Larry Day have five children and three grandchildren.