Height: 5' 10", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 9.17.61 Liberec, Czech Republic
|How he arrived: Signed as an undrafted free agent, 10.28.82
How he left: Traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Jim Korn, 5.22.87
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
At his best, Ludvig provided a lot of speed to give the Devils a transition game, and a lot of skill and creativity,
particularly useful when the power play was involved. Which kinda surprises me that he only had one 20-goal season.
I think he could have had a couple more.
Adjustment to life in North America could have still also played a part; he had defected from Czechoslovakia in 1981,
and doing so at a young age enabled him to play junior hockey when he was finally able to emigrate to Canada.
Injuries (particularly in his knees) did mount later in his career. I'm not sure if they started while in New Jersey or when
the Sabres had him. I DO know that as a Sabre, in 2 seasons, he only played 26 games. It would be what lead to his
In 2001, he attempted a comeback with HC Bili Tygri in his hometown, playing in 6 games but only getting an assist.
He did return to the Devils to join the scouting department as one of their amateur scouts, where he sits today.