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Born October 6, 1957 (1957-10-06) (age 52),
Toronto, ON, CAN
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defenceman
Pro clubs Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota North Stars
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1977
Buffalo Sabres
WHA Draft 46th overall, 1977
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1977 – 1995

William Donald "Bill" Stewart (born October 6, 1957) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman whose eighteen-year professional career as a player lasted from 1977 to 1995 and has been followed by a number of seasons as a coach.

A native of Toronto, Stewart started his National Hockey League career with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1977–78 NHL season[1]. He also played for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs[2], and Minnesota North Stars[3]. He left the NHL after the 1985–86 season, but continued to play for European teams until his retirement in 1995.[4]

Coaching career

Three years later, during the 1998–99 NHL season, he served as head coach for the New York Islanders and then, for one tumultuous season[5], became head coach of the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League[6]. 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. Stewart subsequently continued his coaching career in Germany; he made headlines during the DEL playoff finals in 2001 when he fake fainted 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 Head Coach of the Kölner Haie[7].


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