Craig Ludwig

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Craig Ludwig
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Ludwig skating with the Montreal Canadiens' alumni team.
Born (1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 58)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
Dallas Stars
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 61st overall, 1980
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19821999

Craig Lee Ludwig (born March 15, 1961) is an American former professional hockey player. He played as a defenceman in the National Hockey League from 19821999 and was renowned for his shot-blocking ability. Ludwig was the color analyst for the Dallas Stars television and radio broadcasts for two seasons from 2016–2018.

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Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, D, D-men or blueliners. They were once called cover-point. A good defenceman is both strong in defensive and offensive play and for defenceman pairing also need to be good at defending and attacking.

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Playing career


Ludwig played high school hockey at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, Wisconsin from 1975–1979. He helped the Eagles to the semi-finals in 1978–1979. He played on the USA Hockey National Junior Team that toured Germany in 1979–80. Ludwig went on to attend the University of North Dakota from 1979–1982 as a walk on. He won two National Championships while playing for the Fighting Sioux, alongside other future NHL players James Patrick, Mark Taylor, Doug Smail, Dave Tippett, Rick Zombo, Phil Sykes, Troy Murray, and Jon Casey.

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Ludwig was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, 61st overall. He won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1986. In 1990 he was traded to the New York Islanders for Gerald Diduck. After one season with the Isles, Ludwig signed as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars.

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The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum. This was the first time that an NHL arena hosted the draft. The National Hockey League (NHL) teams selected 210 players eligible for entry into professional ranks, in the reverse order of the 1979–80 NHL season and playoff standings. This is the list of those players selected.

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After joining the North Stars in 1991, he moved with the team to Dallas in 1993 and finished his career in 1999 after helping the Dallas Stars win their first Stanley Cup. Ludwig was an alternate captain for the Stars during his time with the team.

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The 1998–99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. The league expanded to 27 teams with the addition of the Nashville Predators. The Dallas Stars finished first in regular season play, and won the Stanley Cup championship over the Buffalo Sabres on a controversial triple overtime goal by Brett Hull.


Ludwig was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. After his retirement, he worked as an assistant coach for the Utah Grizzlies, Dallas Stars, and Texas Tornado. Three of his sons became professional ice hockey players as well. Trevor and younger son C.J. are currently teammates on the Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL. C.J. previously played defense for Northern Michigan University. [1] Trevor and his twin brother Tyler were also previously teammates. [2]

Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Eagle River, Wisconsin, was founded in 1975 and is housed in the Eagle River Sports Arena. The hall was established to honor outstanding individuals responsible for the development, growth and success of amateur ice hockey in the State of Wisconsin.

Utah Grizzlies

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Texas Tornado

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Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1975–76Northland Pines High School HS-WI
1976–77Northland Pines High SchoolHS-WI
1977–78Northland Pines High SchoolHS-WI
1978–79Northland Pines High SchoolHS-WI
1979–80 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 3318932
1980–81 North Dakota Fighting SiouxWCHA34481248
1981–82 North Dakota Fighting SiouxWCHA374172142
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80025255930002
1983–84 Montreal CanadiensNHL8071825521503323
1984–85 Montreal CanadiensNHL725141990120226
1985–86 Montreal CanadiensNHL69246632001148
1986–87 Montreal CanadiensNHL75412161051723530
1987–88 Montreal CanadiensNHL744101469111126
1988–89 Montreal CanadiensNHL7431316732102224
1989–90 Montreal CanadiensNHL73115161081101116
1990–91 New York Islanders NHL7518977
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL73291154701119
1992–93 Minnesota North StarsNHL7811011153
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL841131412390338
1994–95 Dallas StarsNHL472796140112
1995–96 Dallas StarsNHL6512370
1996–97 Dallas StarsNHL772111362702218
1997–98 Dallas StarsNHL800771311701122
1998–99 Dallas StarsNHL80268872314520
NHL totals125638184222143717742428244


1981 United States WJC 500012

Awards and honors

All-WCHA Second Team 1981–82 [3]

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