Our Team

Combining a passion for hockey and in-depth experience and knowledge of business and law, KO Sports provides the highest level of hockey, business and legal advice to our select group of hockey clients. Our accessible, professional, worldwide staff means assistance, advice and answers are always nearby.

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David Ludwig

Director of Hockey Operations and Licensing

David Ludwig’s passion and knowledge of the game of hockey combined with his legal background makes him an integral part of the KO Sports team since coming on board in 2010.  A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, David is uniquely situated to scout and identify elite hockey prospects in both Western Canada and the Western United States.

Originally from Culver City, California, David grew up playing minor hockey in the Los Angeles area up through Midget AAA. David attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado where he won an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Championship in 2005 before receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication in 2008. David then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2012.  He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and also has his Level 4 Coaching Certification through USA Hockey.

Based out of KO Sports’ global headquarters in Denver, Colorado, David serves as the company’s Director of Hockey Operations and Licensing.  In this role, David is responsible for conducting contract negotiation research and salary arbitration case preparation.  He is also extensively involved in all facets of player contract negotiations, endorsement and licensing contracts, free agency and the NHL Entry Draft, in addition to providing administrative support for KO Sports and its clients.

David is a Certified Player Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and resides in Denver, CO with his wife Ellen.

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My family and I have worked with Kevin Magnuson and KO sports since 2006 after Kevin saw me play in the USHL Fall Classic for Waterloo. Kevin has helped guide me through the USHL, NCAA and NHL and all the good and bad that comes with each League. His experience as a former practicing attorney was really helpful in negotiating all three of my NHL contracts. Kevin and KO Sports were especially prepared for the salary arbitration hearing we had in 2015 with Nashville that ended with me eventually earning an awesome, life changing 5-year deal. 

— Craig Smith

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