By Chris Block
We were so pleased tonight to be joined once again on PuckChatter~Radio by former Chicago Blackhawk and National Hockey League coach Steve Ludzik.
In this candid 75-minute interview, Ludzik discusses his recent announcement that he’s been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past twelve years. Ludzy talks about the concussions and punishment he incurred during his playing career and why he believes it contributed to his illness. He also shares his thoughts on today’s game and his advice for players such as Sidney Crosby.
Over the course of our discussion Ludzik shared his insight, thoughts and little known behind the scenes stories on many of the various players and personalities from the 1980’s Blackhawks including Bob Pulford, Orval Tessier, Steve Larmer, Al Secord, Denis Savard, Tom Lysiak, Rich Preston, Darryl Sutter, Curt Fraser, Terry Ruskowski and many more.
Ludzik also recounts the story behind a trip he and Steve Larmer made a year ago to visit their first pro coach, Orval Tessier. [See the video at the bottom of this post]
Ludzy tells us why Steve Larmer should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and how, had it not been for Tessier, Larmer may never have been a Blackhawk.
This is truly a great interview that’s worth checking out.
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*You can buy Ludzik’s book “Been There, Done That” at Ludzy.com
*Check out the new social networking site we discussed on the show of which Ludzik is a part of at – OldTeammates.com
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Steve Larmer and Steve Ludzik visit Orval Tessier at his home in Cornwall, Ontario [Video after the jump] Continue reading »