Ludwig in 2011
March 15, 1961|
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
|National team||United States|
61st overall, 1980|
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 1982 to 1999 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 to 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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. Trevor and his twin brother Tyler were also previously teammates.
Regular season and playoffs
|1975–76||Northland Pines High School||HS-WI||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Northland Pines High School||HS-WI||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||Northland Pines High School||HS-WI||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Northland Pines High School||HS-WI||—||—||—||—||���||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||University of North Dakota||WCHA||33||1||8||9||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||University of North Dakota||WCHA||34||4||8||12||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||University of North Dakota||WCHA||37||4||17||21||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||New York Islanders||NHL||75||1||8||9||77||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||73||2||9||11||54||7||0||1||1||19|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||78||1||10||11||153||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Second Team||1981–82|||