Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Ludzik
An explosive scorer in junior, centre Steve Ludzig embraced a checking role during his nine years in the NHL. He was a tireless grinder with good speed and quick hands which made life difficult for many of the league's top forwards.

The Toronto native was a star in the MTHL with the Markham Waxers before joining the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA. While playing in the Cataract City, he formed a lethal partnership with linemate Steve Larmer. Ludzik was chosen 28th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1980 before he was sent back for one last year of junior.

During his first season as a pro in 1981-82, the talented winger played eight games in Chicago but spent the bulk of his time with the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL. He was a solid worker for the club that year when it won the Calder Cup. Ludzik joined the NHL on a regular basis in 1982-83 and helped the Hawks rack up 104 points and reach the Campbell Conference championship. He played more than six seasons in Chicago as a defensive forward and penalty killer.

Following a trade to the Buffalo Sabres in September 1989, Ludzik played eleven more NHL games before he was relegated to the minors. He hit the 20-goal mark two times for the AHL's Rochester Americans then retired in 1992. Ludzik took an interest in coaching and worked behind the Muskegon Fury's bench in Colonial League where he was named coach-of-the-year in 1994. His next move was to guide the Detroit Vipers of the IHL. During Ludzik's three years behind the bench he led the club to a 154-56-34 record, one Turner Cup and two appearances in the finals. In July 1999 he was hired to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning but was let go the next year when he was unable to make silk from a sow's ear.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 31 30 20 50 15
1978-79 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 68 32 65 97 138 20 7 17 24 48
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 67 43 76 119 102 10 6 6 12 16
1980-81 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 58 50 92 142 108 12 5 9 14 40
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 2 1 3 2 +1
1981-82 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 73 21 41 62 142 15 3 7 10 6
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 6 19 25 63 +7 13 3 5 8 20
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 9 20 29 73 -5 4 0 1 1 9
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 11 20 31 86 +5 15 1 1 2 16
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 6 5 11 21 -2 3 0 0 0 12
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 5 12 17 34 -3 4 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 6 15 21 40 -14 5 0 1 1 13
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 1 0 1 8 0
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 65 21 57 78 129 6 0 1 1 17
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 0 1 1 6 -2
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 54 25 29 54 71 16 5 6 11 57
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 65 22 29 51 137 8 3 5 8 6
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 45 6 22 28 88 14 2 1 3 8
1992-93 EK Zell am See Austria 51 18 35 53
1993-1995 Muskegon Fury ColHL
1995-1996 Detroit Vipers IHL
1996-1999 Detroit Vipers IHL
1999-2000 Tampa Bay Lightning NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 424 46 93 139 333 44 4 8 12 70


Traded to Buffalo by Chicago with Buffalo's 6th round pick (Derek Edgerly) in 1990 NHL Draft for Jacques Cloutier and Chicago's 5th round pick (Todd Bojcun) in 1990 NHL Draft, September 28, 1989.
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