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Stars Defenseman Ludwig Retires

September 2, 1999

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.

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