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Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart Avalanche
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
228 lb (104 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche
Born October 30 1987 (1987-10-30) (age 26),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2006
Colorado Avalanche
Pro Career 2007 – present

Chris Stewart (born October 30, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL). Chris is the younger brother of Anthony Stewart, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Early yearsEdit

Chris was the second of seven children—he has five younger sisters—born to Norman Stewart, a Jamaican immigrant, and Sue, his Canadian mother. Chris grew up quite poor but he still loved to play hockey.[1] He and Anthony played with the North York Jr. Canadiens, and thanks to a representative of the team, his hockey was paid for entirely. He also liked football, and seriously considered playing it throughout his high school years at West Hill Collegiate Institute.[2] Growing up, Chris became friends with fellow Toronto native hockey player, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, and they return to Toronto as house-mates during the off-season.[3]

Playing careerEdit

By 2004, his brother Anthony was already the captain of the Kingston Frontenacs for a second year. Knowing Chris' potential as a player, and knowing that he was on his way to the Florida Panthers of the NHL, Anthony put his reputation on the line when he asked Frontenacs general manager Larry Mavety to give Chris the chance to try out for the team as an undrafted free agent. Mavety complied, and Chris made the team in training camp, allowing for Chris and Anthony to play together.[2] Chris was initially given a position with the Frontenacs as an energetic fighting role player but took advantage of increased playing time to record an impressive rookie season, with 30 points (18 goals and 12 assists) in 65 games.[4]

After Anthony graduated, Frontenacs defenceman Adam Nemeth was named the new captain. Then-head coach Jim Hulton named Chris one of Nemeth's assistant captains on the team. Chris tallied up the second most amount of points on the team with 87, second only to Cory Emmerton, who had 90 points.

Stewart was drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. On October 13, 2006, in a game against the Guelph Storm at the Kingston Memorial Centre, Chris was revealed as the Frontenacs' new captain. Stewart made his pro debut at the end of the 2006–07 OHL season with the Albany River Rats of the AHL.

Chris then played the entire 2007–08 season with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, leading the team in goals with 25.

On December 5, 2008, Stewart received his first NHL call-up by the Avalanche and made his NHL debut in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.[5][6] Stewart scored his first NHL goal, shorthanded, against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera on December 9, 2008.[7] On January 21, 2009, Stewart recorded his first Gordie Howe hat trick also against the Kings.[1] On December 2, 2009, Stewart notched his second Gordie Howe hat trick as well as his first three point game with a goal and two assists on goals by Matt Duchene against the Florida Panthers in a 5-6 shootout loss.

On February 8, 2010 against St. Louis Blues, Chris recorded yet another Gordie Howe Hat Trick during a 4:11 span in the second period. He first scored against Chris Mason at 2:25, then assisted Paul Stastny's goal at 3:57 and finally fought against B.J. Crombeen at 6:36. Stewart also had an assist in the first period.[8]

During Stewart's 60th game of the 2009-2010 season, he recorded his first career hat trick against the St. Louis Blues. He had two even strength goals against Chris Mason and one goal that beat Ty Conklin on a penalty shot. This marked the first Colorado Avalanche hat trick since Milan Hejduk recorded one on Dec. 9, 2007, also against the Blues.[9] Stewart finished the season as the Colorado Avalanche's top goal scorer with 28 goals, and second to Paul Stastny in points with 64.

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Stewart was re-signed by the Avalanche as a restricted free agent to a two-year contract on September 2, 2010.[10] Stewart's second career hat trick came against rookie goaltender Henrik Karlsson of the Calgary Flames on October 28th 2010 in a 6-5 road victory.

On February 19, 2011, he was traded by the Avalanche, along with Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second round pick, to the St. Louis Blues for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional first round pick.[11] Later that day Stewart made his home debut with the Blues at the Scottrade Center, scoring two goals in a 9-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 64 18 12 30 45
2005–06 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 37 50 87 118 6 2 0 2 13
2006–07 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 36 46 82 108 5 4 2 6 6
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 5 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 77 25 19 44 93
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 19 5 6 11 23
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 11 8 19 54
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 28 36 64 73 6 3 0 3 4
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 36 13 17 30 38
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 15 8 23 15
NHL totals 192 67 69 136 180 6 3 0 3 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WC 7 2 2 4 0
Senior int'l totals 7 2 2 4 0


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rosen, Dan (1 March 2009). "Stewart proving he belongs in Colorado". National Hockey League. Retrieved on 30 July 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McGourty, John (2 January 2009). "Right wing trio adds to NHL's expanding diversity". National Hockey League. Retrieved on 30 July 2009.
  3. Dater, Adrian (2010-10-24). "Stewart, Simmonds back under the same roof again". Denver Post. Retrieved on 2010-10-27.
  4. Kimelman, Adam (2010-10-18). "Brotherly influence got Avs' Stewart back into hockey". National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  5. "Avalanche Recalls Stewart". Colorado Avalanche (5 December 2008). Retrieved on 6 December 2008.
  6. Stancher, Craig (6 December 2008). "Chris Stewart Discusses NHL Debut". Colorado Avalanche. Retrieved on 6 December 2008.
  7. Dater, Adrian (10 December 2008). "Avs' early lead stands". The Denver Post. Retrieved on 14 December 2008.
  8. "Game Summary (Game 0873)". National Hockey League (8 February 2010 08). Retrieved on 11 February 2010.
  9. Kreiser, John (7 March 2010). "Bryzgalov gets 7th shutout as Coyotes blank Ducks". National Hockey League.
  10. Dater, Adrian (2 September 2010). "Avalanche signs Stewart to a two-year deal". The Denver Post. Retrieved on 2 September 2010.
  11. "Blues send former No.1 pick Johnson to Avalanche". The Sports Network (2011-02-19). Retrieved on 2011-02-19.
  12. "Goals galore as Stewart has 2 in debut". Stltoday.com (2011-02-20). Retrieved on 2011-02-20.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Wojtek Wolski
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Kevin Shattenkirk


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