Flames sign GB forward Liam Stewart
The Guildford Flames ice hockey club have added Great Britain international forward Liam Stewart. The 22 year old London native had 11 goals and 22 points in 57 starts last season with Coventry Blaze. He pulled on country colours at senior level for the first time in early Spring and had a couple of goals and 3 points while helping the club to a Gold medal, and promotion to the next level of World Championship play. His first caps on the senior circuit were not, however, his first representing the flag. Stewart joined the under 20 side in 2013-2014 when he played 5 world championship games and had 2 goals and 2 assists.
“I’m really excited to be a part of a new club coming up to the Elite League, and to be able to join a couple of players I played with last year,” said Stewart.
“That will make it an easier transition! I’ve heard nothing but great things about the city. I can’t wait to meet the fans and get the season started!”
The 6’1”, 180 skater spent the previous season at Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League where he had a goal and 3 assists in 13 appearances. Although British born, Stewart is not British trained, and spent his development career in the United States; most recently icing 4 seasons of Major Junior hockey at Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. During his final campaign in 2014-2015, he had 25 goals and 53 points in 71 starts. He finished his Jr. career with 132 points in 251 outings.
“I watched Liam play for GB in Belfast not long ago, and what stood out most was his work ethic,” said Paul Dixon. “Liam is a tough competitor and brings energy to every shift.”
“He has good speed, he gets in on the forecheck, and can get to the net. He is a great addition for us, and we are looking forward to his part in getting the new season underway.”