01/15/2014 12:19 EST | Updated 03/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Former NHLer Steve Ludzik supported by hockey community

Former NHL player Steve Ludzik was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, but it took him 12 years to break the silence about his illness.

As part of Hockey Day in Canada, Ludzik tells David Amber how the hockey community has supported his fight with his disease and how the city of St. Catharines, Ont., has helped him develop the Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson's Rehab.

Watch the video above for the full story.

Tune in for more community-themed stories during Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday (CBC,, 12 p.m. ET).