Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Ludwig
Defenceman Craig Ludwig was a solid player in his own end and a punishing hitter during his seventeen NHL seasons. His experience and savvy were an important factors on two Stanley Cup teams.

Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Ludwig was chosen 61st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1980 after a strong freshman season at the University of North Dakota. He played with the Fighting Sioux for two more years and represented the United States at the 1981 World Junior Championships. In 1982, he was named to the WCHA second all-star team.

The 6'3" defender was a solid addition to the Habs' blueline in 1982-83 and went on to play eight years for the club. His steady work was a factor when Montreal reached the semi-finals in 1984, won the Stanley Cup in 1986, and reached the finals again in 1989. His game was based on playing the body and using a variety of tricks to foil opposition forwards.

The rugged blueliner spent the 1990-91 season with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars. Ludwig remained with the franchise when it relocated to Dallas and developed into a league power in the late 1990s. He was a member of another Stanley Cup celebration when he helped anchor the Stars' blueline in 1998-99 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 University of North Dakota WCHA 33 1 8 9 32
1980-81 University of North Dakota WCHA 34 4 8 12 48
1980-81 United States WJC-A 5 0 0 0 12
1981-82 University of North Dakota WCHA 37 4 17 21 42
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 0 25 25 59 +4 3 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 7 18 25 52 -10 15 0 3 3 23
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 5 14 19 90 +5 12 0 2 2 6
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 2 4 6 63 +7 20 0 1 1 48
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 4 12 16 105 +3 17 2 3 5 30
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 4 10 14 69 +17 11 1 1 2 6
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 13 16 73 +33 21 0 2 2 24
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 1 15 16 108 +24 11 0 1 1 16
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 75 1 8 9 77 -24
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 2 9 11 54 0 7 0 1 1 19
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 1 10 11 153 +1
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 84 1 13 14 123 -1 9 0 3 3 8
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 47 2 7 9 61 -6 4 0 1 1 2
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 65 1 2 3 70 -17
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 77 2 11 13 62 +17 7 0 2 2 18
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 80 0 7 7 131 +21 17 0 1 1 22
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 80 2 6 8 87 +5 23 1 4 5 20
1999-00 Michigan K-Wings IHL
1999-2000 Dallas Stars NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 1256 38 184 222 1437 177 4 25 29 244


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1982) Traded to NY Islanders by Montreal for Gerald Diduck, September 4, 1990. Traded to Minnesota by NY Islanders for Tom Kurvers, June 22, 1991. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993.