Steve Ludzik

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Steve Ludzik
Born (1961-04-03) April 3, 1961 (age 58)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 28th overall, 1980
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1981–1993

Stephen Paul Ludzik (born April 3, 1961 in Etobicoke, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach who has worked as a television analyst for The Score television network.


As a youth, Ludzik played in the 1974 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Toronto.[1]

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.


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[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
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)
Total 123 31 67 14 9

Broadcasting and publishing[edit]

Since coaching, Ludzik has been a hockey pundit on television, most notably on The Score Television Network. He has also co-authored a book, entitled "Been There, Done That".

Parkinson's disease[edit]

Ludzik came public in 2012 that he has been suffering from Parkinson's disease since being diagnosed in 2000.[2]


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Cory Smith, QMI Agency. "Former NHLer opens up about battle with Parkinson's". Toronto Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2012.

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Preceded by
Jacques Demers
Head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Succeeded by
John Tortorella