The Americans announced the signing of defenseman Tyler Ludwig on Wednesday. Ludwig is the son of former Dallas Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig, who won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1999. He is also the twin brother of Trevor Ludwig, who played last season with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
“We are very excited to have Tyler join our organization,” said Americans GM and Head Coach Dwight Mullins. “Tyler brings many great qualities to our team. He is a very talented player. He grew up in the Dallas hockey system and he’s a guy I’ve known for a long time.”
Ludwig will also be the first Americans player that has grown up in the Allen area. Ludwig grew up in Colleyville, Texas, and played his Junior Hockey career seven miles from Allen, in Frisco with the Texas Tornado of the NAHL from 2002-2006. In 154 games with the Tornado, Ludwig scored seven goals and accumulated 55 points.
Ludwig played in seven games for the Texas Stars in 2009-2010; registering four PIM’s and no points. He skated with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL last season, playing in 70 games.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Americans team,” said Ludwig. “They have earned respect around the league and are recognized by the AHL, which allows players to grow. I’m looking forward to playing competitive hockey in the area where I grew up. I’ve known Coach Mullins for over half of my life and we have a good balanced working relationship. Allen has had a winning record their first two seasons in the league, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that success.”
Tyler Ludwig will attend Washington Capitals training camp in October.