Honorary Chair

Easter Seals Honorary Chair

Kelly Hrudey

Easter Seals Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Hrudey to the volunteer position of Honorary Chair for 2010/11.

"We are extremely privileged that Mr. Hrudey has accepted our invitation and we look forward to his association with us this coming year," said Susan Law, Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals Alberta. "He is a long time supporter on a personal level of Easter Seals – dating back to his time in the States supporting one of the American affiliates, and became interested in getting involved here in Alberta through his friendship with one of Easter Seals' clients who recently received a $16,000 power wheelchair and tilt system from us."

Born in Edmonton, AB, Kelly Hrudey has had an illustrious 15 year career as an NHL goaltender with the New York Islanders (for six years), Los Angeles Kings (for seven years), and San Jose Sharks (for two years). He compiled a record of 271-265-88 with a goals against average of 3.43 and amassed 16 shutouts. Kelly also helped lead the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals where they were eventually defeated by the Montreal Canadiens.

In July of 1998, Hrudey retired from the NHL and joined the cast of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada as a full-time analyst. In 2007, Hrudey accepted his first Gemini Award for his work on CBC'S Hockey Night In Canada in the Best Studio Analyst category. "I have a true appreciation for Easter Seals Alberta and what they do for people with disabilities and special needs, because they were the only organization that stepped in and helped my friend with mobility equipment," said Hrudey. "I am looking forward to help motivate and attract more support for such a worthy cause."

Along with his role as Honorary Chair, he also is the President of the WHL Alumni Association.

Hrudey currently resides in Calgary with his wife and three daughters.

Volunteer with Easter Seals

Did You Know Part 1

In 1951 Canadian Mothers began marches such as one led by Canada’s first female Cabinet Minister, Ellen Fairclough, MP for Hamilton West. As a result of their efforts, the research of Dr. Jonas Salk was well funded, creating the historic made-in-Canada cure for polio. Today, Easter Seals Alberta funds vital programs and services for adults with disabilities and special needs.