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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
61 overall by
Born March 15, 1961
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
North Dakota (WCHA)
Birthplace: Rhinelander, Wisconsin (USA)
Eagle River, Wisconsin
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1980 (North Dakota)
| Debut: October 6, 1982 (Hartford at
Numbers: 17 (Montreal); 17
(N.Y. Islanders); 3 (Minnesota/Dallas)
Stanley Cup: 1986, 1999.
Status: Retired August 31, 1999
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Mont., NYI, Min./Dallas||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1989 (Montreal)
Montreal Fourth Star (Unsung Hero): 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86
Minnesota Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1992 (19)
Scouting Career: Named Dallas pro scout, in charge of minor-league
player development, on Aug. 31, 1999, and
remained in that position until Jan. 27, 2000.
Named Dallas assistant coach in June 2001 and remained in that
position until Aug. 30, 2002.
Management Career: Named Dallas community
liaison and alumni director on Aug. 30, 2002, and held position into 2003-04
1993-94: Played on first Dallas Stars team.
Miscellaneous: Played all 80 games but did not score any goals during his
rookie season of 1982-83. ... Missed end of Montreal's 1984 training camp and start of
1984-85 season with broken knuckle in left hand, an injury suffered in fight
with Dale Hunter during Montreal's Oct. 6, 1984, preseason game vs. Quebec.
... Paired on defense with Tom Kurvers for Montreal in 1985-86. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with broken left hand, an injury suffered
when he crashed into the boards during Montreal's Dec. 2, 1985, game vs.
Vancouver. ... Was Montreal's nominee for 1985-86 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with broken right facial bone, an
injury suffered in collision with Mikael Andersson during Montreal's Jan. 27,
1988, game at Buffalo. ... Suspended by NHL for five games during 1988-89
season for elbowing Trent Yawney in mouth during Montreal's Nov. 19, 1988,
game vs. Chicago. The suspension was announced on Nov. 25, 1988, and Ludwig
began serving the suspension on Dec. 3, 1988. ... Missed remainder of
1989-90 regular season with separated right shoulder, an injury suffered
during Montreal's March 21, 1990, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Missed part of
1991-92 season with foot injury, suffered during Minnesota's Dec. 8, 1991,
game at Chicago. ... Missed parts of 1992-93 season with bruised knee, an
injury suffered during Minnesota's Oct. 17, 1992, game at Montreal, with
bruised foot, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Jan. 30, 1993, game vs.
Tampa Bay, and with pinched nerve in neck, an injury suffered during
Minnesota's March 16, 1993, game at Philadelphia. ... Was on Minnesota team
that relocated to Dallas on June 9, 1993. ... Missed part of 1995 season
with sore back, suffered during Dallas' April 2, 1995, game vs. Detroit. ...
Missed end of 1995 playoffs with knee injury, suffered in Game 4 of Dallas' first-round series vs. Detroit
on May 14, 1995. ... Missed parts of 1995-96 season with broken finger, suffered during Dallas' Dec. 23, 1995, game vs. Chicago, and with
sprained knee, an injury suffered during Dallas' Feb. 4, 1996, game at N.Y.
Islanders. ... Played his 1,000th NHL game for Dallas on March 2, 1996, vs.
Toronto. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with hip flexor injury, suffered
during Dallas' Feb. 23, 1997, game vs. Edmonton. ... Suspended two games and
fined $1,000 by NHL during 1997-98 season for elbowing Teemu Selanne in the
head during Dallas' March 13, 1998, game vs. Anaheim. The flagrant elbow set
off a brawl. Ludwig's suspension was announced five days later on March 18,
1998. ... Played 80 games for Dallas in 1997-98 without scoring goal. ...
Was not offered contract by Dallas for 1999-00 season. Considered signing with
Chicago or Detroit, but chose to retire out of loyalty to Dallas
organization, which offered him scouting job.
|Post-Draft Teams: North Dakota (WCHA)|
World Junior Championships: 1981
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1982
WCHA All-Star Second Team: 1981-82
Coaching Career: Named Michigan (IHL) assistant coach
on Jan. 27, 2000, and remained in that position through
1999-00 season. ... Named Utah (IHL) assistant coach prior to 2000-01 season
and remained in that position until June 2001.
Miscellaneous: Left University of
North Dakota after his junior year to pursue pro hockey career. ... Never
played in minor leagues. ... Was outstanding fast-pitch softball player during
his NHL playing days, and competed in many off-season tournaments in
Wisconsin. ... Served as assistant coach for Team USA during 2002 Deutschland
Cup. ... Became active in Dallas youth hockey scene after his retirement,
coaching his twin sons in the Dallas Junior Hockey Association.
Personal: Full name is Craig Lee Ludwig.
... Father of college player Trevor Ludwig and U.S. junior player Tyler Ludwig.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Montreal traded Ludwig to N.Y.
Islanders in exchange for Gerald Diduck on September 4, 1990.||
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