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Old 12-07-2019, 09:36 PM   #1
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Steve Ludzik played almost 500 games, mostly with the Chicago Blackhawks with a handful for Buffalo. He also coached Tampa Bay for 120 games at the beginning of the millennium, and spent some time on the Score Network.


He is in stage 4 liver failure and desperately awaiting a transplant.


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It was the final, inevitable word on a battle Ludzik has been fighting for decades, several years without his knowledge. In addition to the colitis and Crohn's disease which almost ended his hockey career before it began, Ludzik had chronically high liver enzymes.
One night near the end of his playing career with the AHL's Rochester Americans – after NHL stints with the Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres — he went into liver failure. Though he tried to keep playing, his energy and strength was gone. He was 30 years old.
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But he wasn't just battling on the ice. The medication he took for his Crohn's was making his bones brittle and, unknown at the time, doing massive damage to his liver.
Ludzik recalls a game near the end of Tony Esposito's career in which fans booed the Hall of Fame goalie. He was appalled and told MaryAnn that night to tap his shoulder when it was time to quit.
"I had broken my foot, my shoulder, my collar bone, my sternum was the final one. MaryAnn said 'Remember that tap? I'm giving it to you right now.' "
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He recalls some cruel remarks about his appearances on the TV network. Because he slurred some words, people suggested he was drinking. What the public didn't know is that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease years earlier at age 39. He kept it hidden, worried it would cost him some jobs.

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Thus far, Ludzik says there is one good candidate who has come forward. He was told there needs to be at least four or five prospects to choose from. Good as intentions may be, there are numerous physical requirements.

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Old 12-07-2019, 10:33 PM   #2
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Jesus, rough story. Hope he gets his liver.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:00 AM   #3
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My dad had liver disease that morphed into cirrhosis at age 70. It was brutal, his legs would swell up so bad they needed to be drained twice a week, the liver is a funny organ though that can regenerate itself and his did because he lived the next 9 years of his life fairly healthy still drinking his beer and enjoying retirement.

Here's hoping Steve gets some liver luck after a lot of health problems.
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Definitely praying for Steve. He used to come up with the best analogies:

"Too many guys making pastries, and not enough guys grilling the steaks"
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:12 PM   #5
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Definitely praying for Steve. He used to come up with the best analogies:

"Too many guys making pastries, and not enough guys grilling the steaks"
Love Ludzy. My favourite was, “smiling like a butchers dog.”

Hope he makes it through this battle.
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I remember him and Steve Kouleas when The Score (or Headline Sports) began, being really hyper on screen. Both were a little uncomfortable, but they clearly knew what they were talking about. It's too bad that people have to go this in life, but I hope he gets what he needs.
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