NMU hockey: Senior captain Ludwig ruled out for the season

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University senior captain and defenseman C.J. Ludwig has been ruled out for the season with a right knee injury following an MRI Tuesday morning, according to Wildcats coach Walt Kyle.

During Friday’s 4-1 loss to Ferris State at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Bulldogs junior forward Dom Panetta collided with Ludwig’s right knee to the right of the NMU goal while both players were chasing down a puck with under four minutes to play in regulation. Ludwig had to be helped off the ice, unable to put any weight on the injured knee.

Ludwig ranks second in the WCHA in scoring amongst defensemen with five goals and seven assists. His four power play goals is tied for fourth overall in the league.

“It hurts not having Ludwig,” NMU senior Stephan Vigier said after Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Ferris. “He’s our leader and our captain and probably one of our best defenseman. We have guys who can play up there and can do a pretty good job.”

Vigier will take over as the Wildcats’ captain the rest of the season while junior forward Ryan Kesti has been promoted to an alternate captain.