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NAHL’s Grit add to leadership team, name former Eagles GM Stewart new president

 

As the calendar flipped to 2024, the NAHL’s Colorado Grit made a major announcement, naming Chris Stewart the junior hockey club’s new team president.

A seasoned professional with an illustrious career, Stewart brings a wealth of experience, vision and championship-winning expertise to the organization.

Stewart is most notably recognized for his significant contributions as the head coach and general manager of the Colorado Eagles during their tenure in the Central Hockey League and the ECHL. His coaching prowess has been marked by an impressive trio of Ray Miron President’s Cups, establishing him as a transformative figure in the world of hockey.

“(Stewart’s) proven leadership, coupled with an exceptional understanding of the game and the business, positions the Grit for unparalleled success,” said Grit managing partner Bob Bowden. “We’re excited to welcome him to the Grit family and are confident that, under his guidance, the team’s future is even brighter.”

Stewart expressed his enthusiasm for his new role.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my hockey career,” Stewart said. “I have been blessed with great people throughout my 40 years in this industry. To be part of the future by helping these young players realize their dreams and potential, both as athletes and community members, is a real privilege.”

Stewart’s first championship came with the Huntsville Channel Cats in the 1998–99 season, and he solidified his legacy with two more titles during his tenure with the Eagles in the 2004–05 and 2006–07 seasons.

His impact on the Eagles extended beyond the coaching role, with Stewart retiring in 2008 only to return to the position in 2010. His second retirement in 2016 saw him transition into the role of general manager, where he continued to steer the organization to remarkable success.

Under Stewart’s leadership, the Eagles claimed back-to-back Kelly Cups in his final two seasons as general manager, marking a historic achievement. The organization’s ascension to the American Hockey League in 2018 as the top affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche attests to Stewart’s ability to cultivate winning cultures.

“As the Colorado Grit embarks on this new chapter, the franchise is poised to build on its already stellar trajectory, fueled by the vision and expertise of Chris Stewart,” said the Grit in a statement. “The entire Grit community eagerly anticipates the positive impact this appointment will have on the team’s performance, both on the ice and within the vibrant Colorado hockey landscape.”

Photo/Jordan Reyes/Colorado Eagles

(January 9, 2024)

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