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Where are they now? Craig Ludwig
MONTREAL | July 27th, 2012
Where are they now? Craig Ludwig
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweat and tears of the over 750 players to have ever worn the uniform. From the likes of Donald Audette to Zarley Zalapski, there are former Habs scattered all over the world. Although many hardcore Canadiens fans can rattle off the career accomplishments of hundreds of their old heroes, the question remains: what are these guys up to today? On the hot seat today: Craig Ludwig

Where do you live now?
I’ve been living in Dallas ever since the North Stars were relocated there in 1993. I decided to stay here after I retired in 1999.

What are you doing now?
I’ve been an analyst for Stars’ games on FOX for over six years now. I’m also an assistant-coach to a Midget AAA team in Dallas.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
Because of my job as assistant coach, I’m on the ice every day. We work as hard as a professional hockey team.

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
I talk to Russ Courtnall occasionally. I’ve spoken to Kirk Muller a lot over the summer and Guy Carbonneau comes around at times since he has family here. I also talk to Sergio Momesso quite often.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
When I’m not in the studio working a Stars game, I love catching NHL games. I try and watch as many games possible with teams from the Eastern conference. The Habs are an exciting team and I love to watch them play whenever I get the occasion.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I rarely have the chance to come up to Montreal during the season because of my job. I think the last time I was there was three years ago. We do always come up to Quebec for a few days during the summer though.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
I became a Carey Price fan the second he made those famous declarations during training camp last year. I don’t know if he’s arrogant or just plain confident, but I know he’s a really good goalie. He’s got a lot of guts.

Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
I’ve got two, starting with my first game in the Habs jersey when I got into a car accident on my way to the Forum. Thankfully I was still able to play that night. The second is without a doubt winning the Stanley Cup in Calgary in 1986. It’s too bad we couldn’t win it in front of the Montreal crowd. Our fans did greet us with a warm welcome during the parade, I remember that day like it was yesterday.

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup rings?
I gave them to my dad. My players don’t need to see them to be motivated because they know who I am and what I’ve accomplished in my life.