Bill Stewart (ice hockey)

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Bill Stewart
Born (1957-10-06) October 6, 1957 (age 59)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota North Stars
Hershey Bears
Rochester Americans
St. Catharines Saints
Springfield Indians
National team  Italy
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1977
Buffalo Sabres
WHA Draft 46th overall, 1977
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1977–1995

William Donald Stewart (born October 6, 1957) is a retired Canadian-Italian professional ice hockey defenceman and former head coach of the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

A native of Toronto, Stewart was drafted in the 4th round (68th overall) in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and started his National Hockey League career in 1977-78. He also went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Minnesota North Stars. He left the NHL at the end of the 1985–86 season choosing to play hockey in Italy until his retirement in 1995.

Coaching career[edit]

Stewart began his professional coaching career with the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League in 1995. After one season with Muskegon, Stewart took the head coaching position with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in 1996. Stewart got back into coaching professional hockey the following season with a stint in the American Hockey League and coaching the Saint John Flames to the Calder Cup Finals in 1998, losing to the Philadelphia Phantoms in six games.

Stewart was named head coach of the New York Islanders on January 21, 1999 after Mike Milbury himself stepped down to concentrate solely on his GM duties. After one season with the Islanders Stewart was relieved of his coaching duties and was replaced by Butch Goring on April 30, 1999. In 1999 Stewart returned to the OHL to become the head coach of the Barrie Colts. The roster that year included the 4 Brampton Boys, one of whom, Ryan Barnes, faced charges of assault with a weapon after a stick-swinging incident during a game in October. Later in the season, three of the team's other players were charged with sexual assault. Finally, Stewart himself made headlines and was banned from entering the United States for twice smuggling a Ukrainian-born player over the Canada-U.S. border in the baggage compartment of the team bus.[1] Stewart infamously walked out of the Halifax Metro Centre without conducting any interviews to the media, following Barrie's 6-2 loss to the Rimouski Océanic in the 2000 Memorial Cup championship game.[2] Following the controversial season in Barrie, Stewart continued his coaching career in Germany and made headlines during the DEL playoff finals in 2001 when he feigned fainting behind the Mannheim Eagles bench to buy his star player Jan Alston time to get his skates sharpened. On December 3, 2009, he agreed to take over as the Head Coach of Kölner Haie.[3] He joined the Guelph Storm during the 2010-11 season as a consultant prior to being named assistant coach in 2011-12. He took over as interim head coach of the team in January 2015. The term "interim" was then removed prior to the end of the season.[4] He resigns from the Storms after only 2 wins in the 2015–16 OHL season until December[5] and he went back to Germany in January 2016 for coaching the Dresdner Eislöwen from the DEL2.[6]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 1997–98 - Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award - Saint John Flames


  • October 30, 1980 - Traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues for Bob Hess and a 4th round pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft (Anders Wikberg)
  • September 10, 1983 - Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • September 15, 1985 - Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota North Stars

NHL Player statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GPI G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 2 0 2 15 8 0 2 2 0
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 1 17 18 101 1 0 1 1 0
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 2 21 23 114 4 1 0 1 11
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 0 5 5 25 - - - - -
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 0 0 8 - - - - -
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 17 19 116 - - - - -
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 0 2 2 32 - - - - -
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 2 2 13 - - - - -
NHL totals 260 7 64 71 424 13 1 3 4 11

NHL Coaching statistics[edit]

NHL coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
NYI 1998–99 37 11 19 7 (58) 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mike Milbury
Head coach of the New York Islanders
Succeeded by
Butch Goring