FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig has retired after 17 years in the NHL.
``It was a great ride, and I’m ready to step into another part of life,″ Ludwig said.
He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he will be a scout in the Stars’ organization.
The Stars had told him that he would not be offered a new contract for next season. He had talks with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings about a contract to play another year, but he said he decided against joining another team because he felt he would be ``betraying″ the Stars.
So, he took the front-office job with the Stars.
``I think what it came down to was I really wanted to be a part of this organization and continue to build what they’re building here,″ he said.
The 38-year-old Ludwig played on two Stanley Cup champion teams, the 1986 Montreal Canadiens and last year’s Stars.