Chris Stewart (ice hockey)

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Chris Stewart
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Stewart with the Blues
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 30)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 239 lb (108 kg; 17 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
Buffalo Sabres
Minnesota Wild
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2006
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2007–present

Chris Stewart (born October 30, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stewart is the younger brother of Anthony Stewart. Stewart has also played for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks. He played junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Early years[edit]

Stewart was the second of seven children—he has five younger sisters—born to his mother, Sue, and his father, Norman, who came from a combined Jamaican and Irish background.[1][2] Stewart grew up quite poor but he still loved to play hockey and was noted for his tenacity even before reaching his full size.[3] 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.[4] Growing up, Stewart became friends with fellow Toronto native hockey player Wayne Simmonds, currently of the Philadelphia Flyers, and they return to Toronto as house-mates during the NHL off-season.[5]

Playing career[edit]


Prior to the 2004–05, Stewart's older brother Anthony, who was the captain of the Kingston Frontenacs, put his reputation on the line when he asked Frontenacs General Manager Larry Mavety to give Chris the chance to try out with the Frontenacs as an undrafted free agent. Mavety complied, and Stewart made the team in training camp, allowing the brothers to play together on the same team.[4] Initially given the position with the Frontenacs as an energetic fighting role player, Stewart took advantage of his increased playing time and had a solid rookie season, scoring 18 goals and 30 points in 64 games.[6] Stewart played in his first OHL game on September 26, 2004, getting no points in a 4–3 loss to the Brampton Battalion. Stewart scored his first goal in the League on October 3, 2004, beating Sudbury Wolves goaltender Patrick Ehelechner in a 6–4 loss. The Frontenacs failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

In 2005–06, Stewart had a breakout season, as he was named as an assistant captain, while scoring 37 goals and 87 points in 62 games to finish second in team scoring, helping Kingston to a playoff berth. In six playoff games, Stewart had two goals, as the Frontenacs lost to the Sudbury Wolves in the first round of the playoffs.

That summer, Stewart was drafted 18th overall in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

On October 13, 2006, the Frontenacs revealed Stewart as the new captain of the team for the 2006–07 season at the Kingston Memorial Centre before a game against the Guelph Storm. Stewart had another solid season with Kingston, as he had 36 goals and 82 points in 61 games, finishing second in team scoring once again. In the post-season, Stewart had four goals and six points in five games, as the Frontenacs lost to the Oshawa Generals in the opening round of the playoffs.


Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Stewart as a member of the Avalanche

Stewart made his professional debut with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL) at the end of the 2006–07 season. He played his first game with the team on April 4, 2007, getting no points in a 3-2 loss to the Springfield Falcons. Stewart recorded his first point, an assist, on April 6, 2007, as Albany defeated the Binghamton Senators 7-3. He then scored his first professional goal on April 14, 2007, as Stewart scored on Corey Crawford of the Norfolk Admirals in a 6-5 loss. In the playoffs, Stewart appeared in one game, getting no points, as the River Rats lost to the Hershey Bears in the first round.

In 2007–08, the Avalanche moved their AHL affiliate to Cleveland, Ohio, and renamed the team to the Lake Erie Monsters. Stewart spent the entire season with Lake Erie, scoring a team-high 25 goals, while finishing third in points with 44. Lake Erie, however, missed the playoffs. Stewart recorded a hat-trick on November 17, 2007, scoring three times on Toronto Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge in a 5–3 Monsters victory.

Stewart began the 2008–09 season with the Monsters, appearing in 19 games, scoring five goals and 11 points. He was then called up to the Colorado Avalanche on December 5, 2008.

Stewart played in his first NHL game that same night, getting no points and a –1 plus-minus rating in 7:29 ice time in the Avalanche's 2–1 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.[7][8] On December 9, 2008, Stewart scored his first career NHL goal, a shorthanded goal against Jason LaBarbera of the Los Angeles Kings, and added an assist in a 6–1 victory.[9] On January 21, 2009, he earned his first ever Gordie Howe hat trick, which is a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game, in a 6–5 loss to Los Angeles. Stewart finished the 2008–09 season with 11 goals and 19 points in 53 games with Colorado, though the team failed to qualify for the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Stewart saw very little time with Lake Erie in 2009–10, appearing in just two games with the Monsters, earning no points. He spent the majority of the season with the Avalanche, and on December 2, 2009, Stewart had another Gordie Howe hat trick while recording his first three-point game in a 6–5 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers. On March 6, 2010, Stewart recorded his first career hat trick against the St. Louis Blues in a 7–3 win, scoring two goals against Chris Mason, followed by a penalty shot goal against Ty Conklin, while adding an assist to finish with a career-high four points in a game. He finished the season leading the Avalanche with 28 goals, while finishing second in team scoring with 64 points, helping the club into the 2010 playoffs. Stewart played in his first Stanley Cup playoff game on April 14, 2010, scoring a goal with 50 seconds left in the game against Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks in a 2–1 Colorado win. Stewart finished the playoffs with three goals in six games as the Avalanche eventually lost to the Sharks in the first round of post-season.

In the off-season, Stewart signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche,[10] and began the 2010–11 season with Colorado. On October 28, 2010, he earned his second career hat trick in a 6–5 Avalanche win over the Calgary Flames, scoring all three goals against Henrik Karlsson. On February 19, 2011, the Avalanche traded Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and the Avalanche's second-round draft pick in 2011 to the St. Louis Blues for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and the Blues' first-round pick in 2011.[11] He finished with 13 goals and 30 points in 36 games with Colorado.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Stewart finished the 2010–11 season with the St. Louis Blues and made an immediate impact in his debut with the team on February 19, 2011, scoring two goals against Timo Pielmeier in a 9–3 rout over the Anaheim Ducks.[12] He finished with 15 goals and 23 points in 26 games with the Blues, though St. Louis failed to qualify for the 2011 playoffs.

During the following 2011–12 season, Stewart struggled to reproduce his scoring prowess for the Blues. Unable to adjust to the defensive tactics of renowned Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, he was increasingly subject to trade rumours whilst used in a diminished checking role and relegated as an healthy scratch during parts of the 2012 playoffs.[13] Stewart finished with 15 goals and 30 points in 79 games before he opted to re-sign to a one-year deal in hopes to rebound with the Blues.[14]

With the commencement of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Stewart signed a one-month contract, alongside childhood friend Wayne Simmonds, to play with the Eispiraten Crimmitschau of the 2nd Bundesliga in Germany on September 24, 2012.[15] Becoming the most established NHL players in ETC Crimmitschau history, Stewart scored five goals and 11 points in nine games before he and Simmonds declined to extend their optional stint.[16] Whilst opting to remain in Europe alongside Simmonds, Stewart signed to another lockout contract in the more competitive Czech Extraliga with HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on October 23, 2012.[17] With the intention of playing alongside Simmonds and former NHLer Petr Nedvěd failing to materialize, and after five unfruitful games with Liberec, Stewart decided to return to Crimmitschau for the remainder of the lockout on November 13, 2012.[18][19] Just under a month later, with new-found optimism of the lockout's end in sight and on advice to prevent injury, Stewart was released on his request from the remainder of his contract on December 7, 2012. He returned to North America having scored 20 points in just 15 games for the German club.[20]

In the 2013–14, Stewart was named First Star of the Week on December 23, 2013, for his performance in the week ending December 22, after earning six goals and one assist.[21]

Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks[edit]

The Blues traded Stewart on February 28, 2014, along with Jaroslav Halák, William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015, and a conditional draft pick in 2016, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.[22]

On March 2, 2015, minutes before the 2015 NHL trade deadline, Stewart was traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a second-round pick in 2017.[23]

A deadline rental for the Wild, Stewart was released to free agency and on July 12, 2015, signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.[24]

Return to Minnesota[edit]

On July 1, 2016, Stewart signed a two-year, $2.3 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.[25]

Calgary Flames[edit]

During the 2017–18 season, having being placed on waivers by the Wild approaching the trade deadline, Stewart was claimed by the Calgary Flames on February 26, 2018.[26]

International play[edit]

Stewart played with Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship held in Slovakia, where in seven games, he recorded two goals and four points. Canada struggled in the tournament, and finished in fifth place.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 15 15 30 109 7 2 0 2 12
2012–13 ETC Crimmitschau 2.GBun 15 6 14 20 24
2012–13 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 18 18 36 40 6 0 1 1 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 15 11 26 112
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 0 0 0 6
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 11 14 25 63
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 20 3 8 11 25 8 0 2 2 2
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 56 8 12 20 73 7 1 2 3 0
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 13 8 21 94 5 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 47 9 4 13 29
NHL totals 645 159 159 318 729 39 6 5 11 18


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WC 5th 7 2 2 4 0
Senior totals 7 2 2 4 0


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  10. ^ Dater, Adrian (2 September 2010). "Avalanche signs Stewart to a two-year deal". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Blues send former No.1 pick Johnson to Avalanche". The Sports Network. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  12. ^ "Goals galore as Stewart has 2 in debut". 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Hitchcock sends message with Chris Stewart benching". CBC Sports. 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  14. ^ "Blues re-sign Chris Stewart to one-year contract". Yahoo! Sports. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  15. ^ "Eispiraten succeed in transfer of the century from the NHL" (in German). ETC Crimmitschau. 2012-09-24. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  16. ^ "NHL stars leave Ice Pirates" (in German). ETC Crimmitschau. 2012-10-20. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Confirmed! Simmonds and Stewart go to Liberec" (in Czech). 2012-10-23. Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  18. ^ "The chance to play better league and be on team with Petr Nedved won" (in Czech). HC Bili Tygri Liberec. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  19. ^ "NHL forward Chris Stewart returns to end of the lockout to the Ice Pirates" (in German). ETC Crimmitschau. 2012-11-13. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  20. ^ "Chris Stewart already on his way home to Canada" (in German). ETC Crimmitschau. 2012-12-07. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  21. ^ "Stewart Named NHL's First Star of the Week". December 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Sabres deal Miller, Ott to Blues for Halak, Stewart, Picks". The Sports Network. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  23. ^ "Sabres send Stewart to Wild for 2nd-round pick". Sportsnet. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  24. ^ "Ducks sign Chris Stewart to one-year, $1.7M deal". Sportsnet. 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  25. ^ "Minnesota Wild sign Chris Stewart". "The Hockey Writers". 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  26. ^ "Flames claim Chris Stewart off waivers". February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wojtek Wolski
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Kevin Shattenkirk