Liam Stewart heads home early
Guildford Flames ice hockey club and Great Britain international forward Liam Stewart will return to his off season American home early as a result of a concussion sustained in mid January. The 23 year old London native had 12 goals and 23 points in 35 League starts.
“With a heavy heart I will not be returning to the ice this season due to my concussion that occurred weeks ago. I want to thank the Flames and Players for understanding and supporting my decision and wish nothing but the best as they head into playoffs. To Flames fans, I’m sorry that I will not be returning, but you guys were a pleasure to play for. Wishing everyone the best.”
Stewart joined the inaugural Elite League Flames roster from Coventry Blaze where he had 11 goals and 22 points in 57 starts last season. He pulled on country colours at senior level for the first time in Spring 2017 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.
“It’s a sad end to the season for Liam,” admitted Paul Dixon. “We have been hoping to get him back into the line-up, and he tried to play a game not long ago when it seemed like he might be ready, but symptoms followed immediately, and that is not going to change now in the last few weeks.”
“He came to us and asked if he could return home before the end of the season, and under the circumstances it is a reasonable request.”
“Hopefully the longer than normal off season will prove successful for him. He is a big part of our team, had a really good season, and he is going to unquestionably be missed for the final run both on and off the ice.”