MARQUETTE, Mich. – Brian Stewart has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Adirondack Phantoms, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Burnaby, B.C. native was between the pipes in the Phantoms game Saturday (April 3) against the Albany River Rats. He gave up three goals in the 4-2 loss. In the same game former Northern Michigan University standout, Erik Gustafsson picked up a goal and an assist. The night before (April 2) in the Phantoms 3-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch, Gustafsson had two assists in his debut and was named the second star of the game.
Stewart was 18-11-7 with a 2.43 goal-against average and a .927 save-percentage for the 2009-10 season. During his NMU career, Stewart appeared in 117 games, with a record of 50-42-14. He had a career goal-against average of 2.53 and a save-percentage of .921. Stewart recorded 10 shutouts during his career.
Stewart is the fourth player from the 2009-10 NMU team to sign a contract. “Brian is the guy who has been the backbone of this team for three years. We could not be happier for him,” said Walt Kyle, the head hockey coach at NMU. “We have helped Brian (Stewart), Ray (Kaunisto), Erik (Gustafsson) and Mark (Olver) all take the first steps towards a career in the NHL and their dreams. As a hockey program we could not be prouder to be a part of that. We are extremely happy for all of them and anxious to watch them throughout their professional careers.”