By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Christ Stewart as a player development coach. He retired as a player on Sunday to serve in this role.
Stewart played in the NHL from 2008-09 through the 2019-20 season. He spent 16 games with the Flyers during the 2019-20 season.
“I’ve had my time, I’ve played 13 years professionally; the decision was easy,” Stewart said Monday in a video interview. “I didn’t want to take any opportunities away from guys who are kicking and clawing to start their career and trying to build.
“I always had aspirations of staying involved in hockey once I did decide to retire. With a prestigious organization like the Flyers and having my relationship with the management there over my career, I think it’s going to be a great fit.”
He has known Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, for some time. The two were previously together with the Minnesota Wild from 2014 through 2018.
“Just to live in the environment that he’s created for the players and the families has always been first class and always felt like a family atmosphere,” Stewart said. “I was offered the position and no better learning under a guy who has signed me twice, he’s waived me twice and he’s traded for me once. I think he’s an elite stature to learn under.”
During his hockey career, Stewart played for eight different teams. Besides playing for the Flyers, he also played for the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, and the Calgary Flames.
Stewart was a first-round draft pick by the Avalanche in the 2006 NHL Draft. He played in 668 games in his career.
As a player, he had 160 goals with 162 assists for 322 points. He also had a -52 +/- and 750 PIM.
In his career, he scored 34 power play goals and one short-handed goal. Stewart also had 20 game-winning goals.
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