Bill Stewart (ice Hockey)
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Bill Stewart Ice Hockey
Bill Stewart
Born (1957-10-06) October 6, 1957 (age 63)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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
AHL
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 Canadian-Italian former professional ice hockey defenceman and former head coach of the New York Islanders.

Playing career

As a youth, Stewart played in the 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from York Mills.[1] A native of Toronto, Ontario, he was drafted in the fourth 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

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 finishing the 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 four "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.[2] 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.[3]

Following the controversial season in Barrie, Stewart continued his coaching career in Germany with and made headlines during the DEL quarterfinals in 2001 when he was involved in a mass brawl in game three against the Berlin Capitals,[4] during which he hit Capitals' head coach Pavel Gross in the head and himself was injured as well. Stewart was handed a two-game suspension and a DM 15,000 fine.[5] In the finals against the München Barons, he feigned fainting behind the Adler Mannheim bench to buy his star player Jan Alston time to get his skates sharpened. His team ended up winning the championship that year and got to the finals the following season. Stewart left Mannheim in January 2003 after being informed that his contract would not be extended at the end of the season.[6]

After a short stint in Krefeld, Stewart moved to Austria, where he coached the Graz 99ers and EHC Linz. He left Linz in December 2006 to return to Germany with the Hamburg Freezers. Linz challenged this transfer by seeking a restraining order, but lost the case.[7] Stewart was sacked by the Freezers in December 2008.[8]

On December 3, 2009, he agreed to take over as the head coach of Kölner Haie[9] and was relieved of his duties in November 2011.[10] He joined the Guelph Storm during the 2011-12 season as a consultant prior to being named assistant coach in 2012-13. 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.[11] He resigned from the Storm in December 2015 after only two wins[12] and went back to Germany in January 2016 to coach Dresdner Eislöwen of the DEL2.[13]

Stewart was appointed head coach of the DEL's Straubing Tigers in April 2017. Concerning his past, he stated at that time: "I have experienced a lot in Europe, have had great success, but have to admit that I have gone too far at times. These moments happened some years ago and, in the meantime, I have learned and become more quiet."[14] He was sacked as Straubing head coach on October 18, 2017 after his team won only eight of the first 13 games of the season and dropped to the very bottom of the DEL standings.[15]

On December 4, 2017, Stewart was named head of Adler Mannheim, returning for a second stint in charge at the club.[16] His contract expired at the end of the 2017-18 season in which he guided the Adler team to an appearance in the playoff semifinals.[17] He subsequently worked as a scout for the Adler organization.[18]

Awards and achievements

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

Transactions

  • 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

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973-74 Dixie Beehives OPJHL 41 9 24 33 38 -- -- -- -- --
1974-75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 55 6 15 21 70 -- -- -- -- --
1975-76 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 4 1 3 4 4 -- -- -- -- --
1975-76 St. Catharines Black Hawks OMJHL 48 9 31 40 57 -- -- -- -- --
1976-77 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 59 18 37 55 202 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 2 0 2 15 8 0 2 2 0
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 54 6 18 24 92 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 1 17 18 101 1 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Rochester Americans AHL 63 12 28 40 189 4 1 2 3 42
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 6 1 6 7 12 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 2 21 23 114 4 1 0 1 11
1980-81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 2 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 0 5 5 25 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 40 2 12 14 93 10 0 6 6 12
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 62 10 42 52 143 5 1 4 5 8
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 17 19 116 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 0 2 2 32 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 12 2 5 7 11 -- -- -- -- --
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 2 2 13 -- -- -- -- --
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 59 7 19 26 135 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 EV MAK Bruneck ITA 40 20 21 41 91 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 EV MAK Bruneck ITA 34 8 35 43 62 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 HC Milano Saima ITA 18 4 11 15 24 -- -- -- -- --
1989-90 Alaska Milano ITA.2 25 27 32 59 40 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 HC Milano Saima ITA 34 11 33 44 52 10 0 9 9 10
1991-92 HC Milano Saima ITA 17 3 16 19 8 12 0 6 6 20
1991-92 HC Milano Saima AL 20 2 6 8 64 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 HC Devils Milano ITA 12 2 4 6 26 11 1 4 5 28
1992-93 HC Devils Milano AL 32 0 9 9 60 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 HC Gherdëina ITA 17 3 7 10 17 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 HC Gherdëina AL 27 5 12 17 21 -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 HC Lions Courmaosta ITA 31 1 13 14 68 5 1 2 3 2
1994-95 HC Lions Courmaosta AL 17 4 7 11 18 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 260 7 64 71 424 13 1 3 4 11
AHL totals 194 28 76 104 439 4 1 2 3 42
ITA totals 203 52 140 192 348 40 2 21 23 60

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Italy OG 7 0 3 3 12
1992 Italy WC 5 0 0 0 6
1993 Italy WC 6 0 0 0 4
1994 Italy OG 6 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 24 0 3 3 22

NHL Coaching statistics

NHL coaching statistics

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

References

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved .
  2. ^ CHL article on the end of the Barrie Colts season, numerous suspensions and controversies Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hockey on trial as coach appeals suspension for throwing game
  4. ^ "DEL-Playoffs: Schlagfertig" (in German). Retrieved .
  5. ^ ONLINE, RP. "15.000 Mark Geldstrafe: Adler-Trainer zwei Spiele gesperrt". RP ONLINE. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "ADLER Mannheim". www.adler-mannheim.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-04-13. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Linzer Gericht lehnt Einstweilige Verfügung gegen Bill Stewart ab". Hockeyweb (in German). Retrieved .
  8. ^ Steinbach, Dirk. "Freezers entlassen Trainer Bill Stewart". www.abendblatt.de (in German). Retrieved .
  9. ^ Stewart am Freitag in Krefeld erstmals als KEC-Cheftrainer an der Bande - Sonntag Heimspiel gegen Nürnberg.
  10. ^ SCHAFFNER, STEFAN. "Mit Video!: Kölner Haie entlassen Bill Stewart". Express.de (in German). Retrieved .
  11. ^ http://www.guelphstorm.com/article/walker-resigns-as-head-coach
  12. ^ http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2015/12/10/sports-briefs-guelph-coach-resigns
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-03. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Straubing Tigers - Aktuelles im Detail". www.straubing-tigers.de (in German). Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Eishockey: DEL: Straubing feuert Trainer Bill Stewart". Die Zeit (in German). 2017-10-18. ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Adler trennen sich von Teal Fowler, Sean Simpson und Colin Müller". www.adler-mannheim.de (in German). Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Adler-Saison vorbei! Titelverteidiger München zieht souverän ins Finale ein". mannheim24.de (in German). 2018-04-06. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Adler erweitern Scoutingnetzwerk". www.adler-mannheim.de (in German). Retrieved .

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