It’s been a big month for home town boy Dean Stewart turning 18, graduating high school and now being drafted 188th overall in the 7th round of the NHL draft to the Arizona Coyotes.
Two time league champ, RBC Cup Champ, and Junior A. Challenge gold medalist, Stewart is no stranger to the spotlight. I spoke with Dean just after he was drafted and he was speechless.
“It really is unbelievable. I don’t know what to say to be honest with you. It’s every kid’s dream to be drafted to the NHL. It’s surreal and definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. A dream of mine came true today!”
Terriers Coach and GM Blake Spiller talks about the excitement of the day for the Stewart family.
“Obviously it’s an exciting day for Dean and his family. The Terriers organization and Portage Minor Hockey can also be proud of his accomplishment. Dean had options and pressure to leave home and go to the WHL at a young age. He and his family chose to stay and play with the Terriers and follow the college route. Very gratifying to see that things have worked out for them to this point.”
In the meantime the Portage local is set to start the next chapter in his hockey career as he heads to Omaha Nebraska next month to play for Coach Blais and the Mavericks.
The Terriers organization is proud of Dean and all his accomplishments and we would like to wish him well and continued success as he moves on.