Bob Kudelski was a right-winger with a fine scoring touch who played 442 games for three NHL teams. Although he was never a star his offensive prowess became well known when he scored at least 20 goals for five straight years.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Kudelski played four years at Yale University. He was the Los Angeles Kings' first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1986 supplemental draft. After scoring 25 goals in 30 games as a senior in 1996-97, he was named to the ECAC first all-star team.
Kudelski split his first two pro seasons between L.A. and the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL. He joined the NHL on a full-time basis in 1989-90 and recorded three straight 20-goal seasons in L.A. before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in December 1992. He scored scored 21 goals in 48 games for the weak Sens who struggled in their inaugural season.
The slick forward was off to a blazing start in 1993-94 with 26 goals in 42 games then was traded to Florida. He scored 14 goals for the expansion Panthers to reach the 40-goal mark. That year he also played in the NHL All-Star Game. During the lockout-shortened season, his production dropped off with the defence-oriented Panthers. He retired after playing 13 games with Florida in 1996.