April 3, 1961 |
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks
28th overall, 1980
Chicago Black Hawks
He had a distinguished junior career with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey League, amassing 125 goals and 233 assists, for a total of 358 points. This broke the career point total record for the Flyers, which still stands today. He was subsequently named to the Flyers' All-Time Five Man All-Star Team.
He was drafted 28th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. After one more year of junior hockey, Ludzik turned pro in 1981-82. He split that season between the Blackhawks and the American Hockey League's New Brunswick Hawks. The next season he became a Blackhawk regular.
Ludzik played with the Blackhawks until the 1988-89 season. Except for 11 games with the Buffalo Sabres in 1989-90, he spent the rest of his playing career in the minors. He played in a total of 424 NHL games and scored 46 goals and 93 assists.
- NHL coaching career 1.1
- Broadcasting and publishing 2
- Parkinson's disease 3
- References 4
- External links 5
After retiring as player Ludzik turned to coaching, starting in the IHL with the Muskegon Fury and then the Detroit Vipers, where he won the 1996-97 Turner Cup with General Manager Rick Dudley. He then spent two years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but was let go after the 2000-01 season. He subsequently went to the OHL as head coach of the Mississauga IceDogs, and then to the AHL, where he ended his coaching career in 2004-05 with the San Antonio Rampage.
NHL coaching career
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|TB||1999–2000||82||19||47||9||7||54||4th in Southeast||Missed Playoffs|
|TB||2000–01||39||12||20||5||2||(59)||5th in Southeast||(fired)|
Broadcasting and publishing
Since coaching, Ludzik has been a hocky pundit on television, most notably on The Score Television Network. He has also co-authored a book, entitled "Been There, Done That".
Ludzik came public in 2012 that he has been suffering from Parkinson's disease since being diagnosed in 2000.
- Steve Ludzik's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Steve Ludzik profile at Eurohockey.com
- Official website
Head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning