March 3, 1964 |
Springfield, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||1986 NHL Supplemental Draft
Los Angeles Kings
After playing four seasons at Yale University, where he was an ECAC First All-Star in 1987, Kudelski made his professional debut with the American Hockey League's New Haven Nighthawks in the 1987–88 season. He also made his NHL debut with the Kings that same season, appearing in 26 games and recording one assist. Kudelski led the Nighthawks to the Calder Cup finals the following season, before making the Kings for good in 1989, scoring at least twenty goals in the next three years.
Kudelski was traded to the Ottawa Senators during their inaugural season of 1992–93, and made an immediate scoring impact, finishing only four goals behind Sylvain Turgeon for the team lead despite playing 25 fewer games for the Senators.
The following season his scoring pace was more prolific yet, and was on track to become Ottawa's first fifty-goal scorer, but was dealt midseason to the more defensively-oriented Florida Panthers. He finished that season scoring a career high 40 goals, and was selected to play in the 1994 All Star Game. The Panthers had played fewer games at the time of the trade than the Senators, and in consequence Kudelski tied Jimmy Carson for the NHL record for games played in a single season with 86.
On January 13 his wife Maire-France gave birth to their daughter Jessica,named the first panther baby, who was the first child born to a player of the new team.
Unfortunately, with the lockout the following season, Kudelski was unfavored by the coaches and played just thirteen games in the 1995–96 season, during which he retired. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Panthers Alumni Association.
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||26||0||1||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||50||15||19||34||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||14||1||3||4||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||60||32||19||51||43||17||8||5||13||12|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||23||13||36||49||8||1||2||3||2|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||23||13||36||46||8||3||2||5||2|
|1991–92||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||22||21||43||42||6||0||0||0||0|
|1992–93||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||15||3||3||6||8||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||1986–87|
- Traded to Ottawa by Los Angeles with Shawn McCosh for Marc Fortier and Jim Thomson, December 19, 1992.
- Traded to Florida by Ottawa for Evgeny Davydov, Scott Levins, Florida's 6th-round choice (Mike Gaffney) in 1994 Entry Draft, and Dallas' 4th-round choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Kevin Bolibruck) in 1995 Entry Draft, January 6, 1994.