Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | December 27, 2011

Man of the Day 12/26: Anthony Stewart

Anthony Stewart

Born January 5, 1986 (age 25) in Lasalle, Quebec, Canada

Right winger for the Carolina Hurricanes

This had to be the time I get the worst post-Christmas cold in existence, huh? It knocked me for a loop yesterday, but I bounced back! – K

As promised, here’s Chris’ big brother! You have a keen eye if you noticed that the brothers were born in two different provinces – a year after Anthony was born, the family moved to Ontario. The family had it rough, and like Chris, Anthony’s hockey costs were covered by someone connected with his peewee team (in this case, it was a teammate’s parents). In fact, at one point Anthony even stayed with them for over a year! He believes that he wouldn’t be where he is today without that help.

The Kingston Frontenacs picked him in the OHL draft, and he didn’t disappoint – he went from 43 points in his rookie season to 70 points in the next one! In his third season he was named captain, and he scored 35 goals as well as being picked 25th overall in the 2003 NHL draft by the Florida Panthers. After attending their training camp and being sent back to Kingston, he scored 67 points in his final season in the OHL. After the Frontenacs didn’t make it to the playoffs, he went to the San Antonio Rampage and played 10 games with them. The next season, which would be his first professional one, began in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, but after 10 games he was called to Sunrise with the Panthers.

Duby want's the puck, but AStew has other plans.

Anthony made his debut with the Cats in October 2005 and got an assist that night; two nights later, he scored his first goal against the Washington Capitals. But ten games later, he crashed into the boards in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes (foreshadowing) and injured his wrist – he needed surgery on it, and that ended his season. For the 2006-07 season, he only played ten games with the Cats while staying put in Rochester. The following season was the opposite, with him playing mostly in the NHL. In the 2008-09 season, he stayed in Sunrise completely and played 59 games, getting 2 goals and 7 assists. Fun fact: while in the AHL the Rochester Americans played the Lake Erie Monsters, his brother Chris’ team, and it was the first time they’d faced each other in an organized game! (Rochester beat Lake Erie 3-2, by the way.)

Before the 2009-10 season, he decided to sign with the Atlanta Thrashers and spent that season with their AHL team in Chicago. Last season was spent in the ATL, and he was awesome with the Thrashers, and he scored his first career hat trick with them against the Anaheim Ducks. But when the season was over and the team was relocated, Winnipeg decided not to make him an offer (he was too good for them anyway). He signed on with Carolina for two years, and he’s doing well with 5 goals and 2 assists. I know they’ll treat him well.

Not long after the quote from Andrew “Captain Turncoat” Ladd surfaced, I had to ask AStew his take on how Blueland treated him:

This makes my heart hurt a little less now. Thanks for your time in Atlanta, we loved and appreciated you more than you’ll know.

– Krista


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