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

He had a distinguished junior career with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey League, amassing an incredible 125 goals, 233 assists, and 358 points, breaking the career point total record for the Flyers, which still stands today. He was named to the Five Man All Star Flyer team of All Time. He then turned to coaching where first coached the Muskegon Fury of the IHL for two years before moving on to the IHL and the Detroit Vipers for four years, where he won a Turner Cup with General Manager Rick Dudley. He played all but eleven of his 424 career NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, and also briefly played for the Buffalo Sabres. After his retirement he coached the Muskegon Fury, Detroit Vipers, Mississauga IceDogs, San Antonio Rampage and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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 424 NHL games and scored 46 goals and 93 assists..

The Tampa Bay Lightning hired him as their coach in 1999 but let him go in 2001. He currently resides in Niagara falls Ontario.

NHL coaching careerEdit

Team Year Regular Seaspn Playoffs
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
Tampa Bay Lightning 1999-2000 82 19 47 9 7 54 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning 2000-2001 39 12 20 5 2 (59) 5th in Southeast (fired)
Total 123 31 67 14 9

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Preceded by

Jacques Demers

Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning1999-2001 Succeeded by

John Tortorella