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Born October 30, 1987 (1987-10-30) (age 22),
Toronto, ON
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2006
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2007 – present

Chris Stewart (born October 30, 1987 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League. Chris is the younger brother of Anthony Stewart, who plays for the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Early years

Chris was the youngest of seven children 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]

Playing career

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 did quite well for a rookie, with 30 points (18 goals and 12 assists) in 65 games.

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 Emmerton, who had 90 points.

On June 24, 2006, 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[3] and made his NHL debut in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.[4] Stewart scored his first NHL goal, shorthanded, against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera on December 9, 2008.[5] 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 Monday February 8th 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 had also an assist in the first period.[6]

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.[7]

Career statistics

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
NHL totals 53 11 8 19 54
AHL totals 101 31 27 58 118 1 0 0 0 0
OHL totals 187 91 108 199 271 11 6 2 8 19

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