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Anthony Stewart
Anthony Stewart Thrashers
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
AHL Team
F. Teams
Manchester Monarchs
Florida Panthers
Atlanta Thrashers
Carolina Hurricanes
Los Angeles Kings
Born January 5 1985 (1985-01-05) (age 31),
LaSalle, Québec, Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2003
Florida Panthers
Pro Career 2005 – present

Anthony Stewart (born January 5, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was born in Quebec, and his family moved to Toronto while he was a child. Stewart played minor hockey in Toronto, winning three all-Ontario championships. After his minor hockey career, he was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft. After two seasons with Kingston, he was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, at 25th overall. He spent four years in the Panthers' system, dividing his time between the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL), after which he joined the Atlanta Thrashers for two years. When the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg to become the new Winnipeg Jets, they did not offer him a new contract, and he signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent. His younger brother Chris also plays in the NHL, for the St. Louis Blues.

Stewart has represented Canada internationally in two World Junior Championships, in the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships, and twice in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. He was the leading goal scorer for Team Canada when they won the World U18 Championships. In the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, in which Canada won a silver medal, Stewart tied for the tournament points lead. In the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he helped Team Canada win a gold medal. Representing the OHL at the Canada-Russia Challenge, Stewart helped his team go unbeaten in both tournaments (4-0), helping Canada to win the Challenge two years running.

Early life Edit

Stewart was born in LaSalle, Quebec, in 1985, the oldest of seven children of Norman and Sue Stewart.[1][2] Norman immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1974, taking mainly seasonal jer such as landscaping or construction,[3] and Sue was a stay-at-home mother.[2] The family moved to Toronto the year after Stewart's birth.[1] During his childhood they were evicted from their home and moved to a subsidized shelter in what has been described as a "rough" neighbourhood of Scarborough, Toronto.[1][3] Stewart began skating at the age of four and playing hockey at five.[1] As a young hockey player, he would often walk with his father to hockey games and practices. On one such occasion, the two were walking in a blizzard when they were picked up by a fellow hockey parent, Bob Ziemendorf, who was driving his child to the same place.[4] Ziemendorf drove them home again after the practice, and from then on he regularly gave the family lifts and helped them with the cost of hockey and groceries.[1][4] During a particularly trying time for the family, Stewart moved in with Ziemendorf and his family for over a year and a half.[5] Stewart later stated that he believed that, without this help, he could not have got into the NHL.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Minor hockey and major juniorEdit

Stewart played minor hockey for the North York Canadians. He played so well that the cost of his hockey was subsidized personally by the head of the organization. With Stewart on the team, the North York Canadians won three all-Ontario championships.[6] After finishing his minor hockey career, Stewart was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the OHL draft.[5] In his first season in the OHL, he scored 19 goals and 43 points,[7] and in the 2002–03 season he increased his tally to 38 goals and 70 points, then added seven more points in five playoff games.[7] In the off-season, Stewart was named captain of the Frontenacs and was drafted in the first round of the NHL draft. Going into the 2003 NHL entry draft, he was rated as the 19th best prospect among North American skaters.[8] With their second first round draft pick, the 25th overall, the Florida Panthers selected him.[9][10] While the Frontenacs missed the playoffs the following season, Stewart scored a career high 35 goals.[7] He attended the Panthers' training camp prior to the start of the 2004–05 OHL season. He performed impressively there but was sent back to Kingston to help his growth as a player.[10] In his last OHL season, he led the Frontenacs' scoring with 67 points. After the Frontenacs failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Stewart made his professional debut, playing 10 games for the AHL team San Antonio Rampage, during which he scored a goal and two assists.[11]

ProfessionalEdit

Stewart began the 2005–06 season in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. After four games he was called up by the Panthers, making his NHL debut on October 18, 2005, against New Jersey. During the game he recorded his first NHL career point, an assist.[12] Two days later he recorded the first NHL goal of his career, against Washington Capitals' goaltender Olaf Kolzig.[13] He played ten games, scoring two goals and three points, before injuring his wrist when he crashed into the boards after a check by Carolina Hurricanes' defenceman Mike Commodore. The injury required surgery and ended Stewart's season.[7][12] The following year was spent mainly in the AHL, playing in 62 games and registering 13 goals and 27 points. Stewart appeared in ten games with the Panthers, registering just one assist.[7] In the 2007–08 season he spent more time in the NHL, playing in 26 games for Florida and again only registering one assist. While in the AHL, he played against his brother Chris, then a member of the Lake Erie Monsters. It was the first time they had faced each other in an organized hockey game. Anthony scored a goal and an assist in the game, and Rochester defeated Lake Erie 3–2.[14] He finished the season with 31 points from 54 games. In the 2008–09 NHL season, for the first time in his career, Stewart played no games in the minor leagues. He played in 59 games for the Panthers, scoring 2 goals and 7 points.[7]

In the off-season Stewart left the Panthers as a free agent and signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.[15] After the 2009 pre-season he was assigned to the Thrashers' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.[16] In his first year with them, he achieved AHL career highs in games played (77) and assists (19), and equalled his career high in points (31).[7] Stewart played the entire 2010–11 season with the Thrashers,[7] scoring his first career hat-trick in a game against the Anaheim Ducks. His third goal tied the game 4–4, and the Thrashers went on to win the game in a shootout.[17] In that season Stewart set both NHL career highs and professional career highs in games played and in every major offensive statistical category.[7]

When the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Jets opted not to submit a qualifying offer for Stewart, making him an unrestricted free agent.[18] He signed a two-year, US$1.8 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 2, 2011.[19]

International play Edit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2004 Helsinki
Gold 2005 Grand Forks
World Junior U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Yaroslavl

Stewart made his international debut playing for Canada in the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia. During the tournament he scored six goals, tying for fourth place in tournament scoring.[20] His scoring success ranked him as the top goal-scoring Canadian; however, he contributed no assists, and finished third on the team in points.[21] The Canadian team finished the preliminary round with a 2–2–1 record. In the elimination round they defeated the Slovakian team 3–0 to win the gold medal.[22] Later that year Stewart represented the OHL in the 2003 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. He scored one goal, helping the OHL win both their games, which contributed to a 5–1 series win for the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).[23][24]

The following year Stewart was selected to play for Canada in the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, Finland. Canada were unbeaten in the preliminary round and advanced to the final of the elimination round,[25] where they faced the United States team. During the second period of the final, Stewart scored a goal to put Canada ahead 3–1. It was his third point of the game, as he had made assists in the two previous goals. However, Canada conceded three goals in the third period, losing 4–3 and receiving the silver medal.[26] Stewart finished the tournament with 11 points, tying teammate Nigel Dawes and US player Zach Parise for the tournament lead in points scored. Having scored one more goal than Stewart and Parise, Dawes was officially named the tournament's leading scorer.[25][27] Later in the year Stewart was selected to play in the 2004 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge as part of the OHL All-Stars team, and later he was named an alternate captain.[28][29] He scored a short handed goal in the OHL's second game of the series, a 5–2 win.[30] The OHL won both of its games in the series, helping the CHL to a 4–2 win in the series.[31]

In 2005 Stewart was again selected to play for Canada in the World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota.[32] Unlike in previous years, Stewart struggled at this tournament, and in the second game he was relegated to 13th forward.[33] An injury to teammate Jeremy Colliton allowed Stewart to play in the following game, in which he scored two goals, contributing to a 9–0 defeat of the German team.[34] Once more, Canada had an undefeated run to the final, where they faced Russia. In the final Stewart scored the fifth goal in a 6–1 win for Canada, earning him his second international gold medal.[35]

Personal Edit

Stewart is engaged and the couple has one child, a son,Mason Stewart, born in September of 2011.[36][37] During the off-season the couple lives in Toronto.[36] After signing his first contract with the Panthers, Stewart bought a new house for his family.[5] His younger brother Chris currently plays for the NHL's St. Louis Blues.[38]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 North York Canadiens GTHL 34 30 70 100
2000–01 St. Michael's Buzzers OPJHL 5 0 2 2 0
2001–02 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 65 19 24 43 12 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 68 32 38 70 47
2003–04 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 53 35 23 58 76 5 3 4 7 7
2004–05 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 32 35 67 70
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 10 1 2 3 14
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 4 2 3 5 0
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 10 2 1 3 2
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 62 13 14 27 64 6 2 0 2 2
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 10 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 54 13 18 31 61
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 26 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 59 2 5 7 34
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 77 13 18 31 67 13 9 3 12 6
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 14 25 39 55
NHL totals 185 18 33 51 93

InternationalEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC18 7 6 0 6 6
2004 Canada WJC 6 5 6 11 2
2005 Canada WJC 6 3 1 4 0
Junior int'l totals 19 14 7 21 8

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Rosen, Dan (March 1, 2009). Stewart showing he belongs in Colorado. National Hockey League. Archived from the original on October 21, 2011. Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Campbell 2010, p. 35
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campbell 2010, pp. 35–36
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Featherstone, Bradley (December 8, 2010). From Scarborough to stardom. Top Shelf Magazine. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 7, 2011.
  6. Campbell 2010, p. 36
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Anthony Stewart NHL Player Card. National Hockey League. Retrieved on June 9, 2011.
  8. Top NHL Prospects. USA Today. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  9. Minor Hockey Moments: Anthony Stewart. CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. (January 22, 2010). Archived from the original on October 21, 2011. Retrieved on June 9, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Canamucio, Matt (October 4, 2004). NHL Names You Might Have Known This Year. SportsNetwork. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  11. Player's Profile: Anthony Stewart. Hockey's Future. Retrieved on June 9, 2011.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Panthers' Stewart undergoes surgery. Sports Illustrated (November 12, 2005). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  13. National Hockey League Game Capsules. SportsNetwork (October 20, 2005). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  14. Boudreau continues AHL's tradition of development. American Hockey League (November 26, 2007). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  15. Thrashers sign Anthony Stewart and Noah Welch. National Hockey Leage (July 13, 2009). Retrieved on September 17, 2011.
  16. Chicago's Third All-Time Goal Scorer Sterling Among Nine Assigned to Wolves. Chicago Wolves (September 19, 2009). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  17. Penalty hastens the Ducks' downfall against Atlanta. Los Angeles Times (October 15, 2010). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  18. Tait, Ed. Jets make play for free agents. Winnipeg Free Press. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on 28 June 2011.
  19. Canes Agree to Terms with Anthony Stewart. "Carolina Hurricanes" (July 2, 2011). Retrieved on July 2, 2011.
  20. 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship: Goal Scoring Leaders. International Ice Hockey Federation (2004). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 13, 2011.
  21. 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship: Team Canada – Player Statistics. International Ice Hockey Federation (2004). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 13, 2011.
  22. Müller 2005, p. 318
  23. Game Report 94. Canadian Hockey League (November 17, 2003). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 13, 2011.
  24. History 2003. Canadian Hockey League. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 13, 2011.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Müller 2005, p. 302
  26. 2004 IIHF World U20 Championship: Game Summary. International Ice Hockey Federation (May 1, 2004). Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  27. Player Statistics by Team. International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  28. Stewart selected to play in Canada-Russia Challenge. Ontario Hockey League (October 21, 2004). Retrieved on June 12, 2011.
  29. Stewie named Alternate Captain at Canada-Russia Challenge. Ontario Hockey League (November 24, 2004). Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  30. Game Report 103. Canadian Hockey League (November 29, 2004). Retrieved on June 12, 2011.
  31. History 2004. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved on June 12, 2011.
  32. Müller 2005, p. 305
  33. Cressman, Jim. Canada routs Germans to stay perfect. London Free Press. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  34. Koshan, Terry. Old-fashioned whupping Team Canada rolls over Germany and dodges a serious leg injury to its captain. Toronto Sun. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  35. Game Summary. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  36. 36.0 36.1 Sundheim 2011, pp. 56
  37. Alexander, Chip (September 29, 2011). Roster cut to 24; Boychuk, Bowman go down. The News & Observer. Retrieved on October 26, 2011.
  38. Chris Stewart NHL Player Card. National Hockey League. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.

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Preceded by
Nathan Horton
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Rostislav Olesz

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