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Calling the Shots

Ups, Downs and Rebounds – My Life in the Great Game of Hockey

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Few people have had a better front-row seat to hockey history than Kelly Hrudey. And in Calling the Shots, he delivers the same insider view as he takes us on a roller-coaster ride through the NHL over the last thirty years, alongside his Hall of Fame teammates Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky.

This is Kelly Hrudey at his best—candid, funny and opinionated. He takes us on the ice for the 1987 Easter Epic, where he stood tall in net and made seventy-three saves (to this day an NHL record for most saves made in a playoff game) against the Capitals. The fourth overtime period of Game Seven ended at 1:58 in the morning. In 1989, he joined Gretzky and Marty McSorley on a team that took Los Angeles by storm. The dressing room was always full of stars and the Kings travelled in Hollywood circles. Sylvester Stallone once gave a Rocky-style pep talk, and there was lunch with John Candy and a celebrity-filled birthday party at John McEnroe’s home in Malibu with Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Willis.

After a legendary series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993, the Kings made it to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup final, against Patrick Roy and the Canadiens in three nail-biting overtimes. Hrudey tells us about his encounters with the great and the not-so great, the inspiring victories, missed opportunities, heartfelt moments and outright craziness. In Calling the Shots, Hrudey has collaborated with bestselling author Kirstie McLellan Day as he shares lively, insightful, funny and surprising stories about life in the NHL.


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Critical Praise

“We were all proud to be Kelly’s teammates, and I’m sure he will give all you fans a wonderful insight into hockey and the lessons he learned in his everyday life.” —Wayne Gretzky, from the foreword

“Kelly and I have worked together for two decades on Hockey Night in Canada. . . In team sports and with our cast and crew, a life in performance, Kelly knew he was playing solo. He showed others how it’s done.” —Ron MacLean

“The thing that made Kelly special was that although he was a goalie, he was a great leader on the team. He could easily have  been captain. Like most great leaders, he was positive, but if he had something to say to someone, he would say it.” —Luc Robitaille

“Armed with years of perspective after retiring, Hrudey has a lot to say in his new memoir . . . [and] addresses the most epic elements of his career with brutal honesty and real humility.” —The Hockey News

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443452250
  • ISBN 10: 1443452254
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 10/23/2018
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD

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