The Bears have kicked off their preparations for the 2014-15 KHL season, and beginning today they have another American on their roster: Anthony Stewart, who will be fighting for his place in the Den. The Canadian forward is coming for a tryout period and will be joining the team in Czech Republic for the training camp.
''Anthony is a big and physical forward who likes to mix things up on the ice and fights for every puck. He has some really good skills for such a tall guy, and he skates well for his size and will bring some real energy to our lineup. He is looking forward to proving that he still has what it takes to play in one of the top leagues in the world'', said Medvescak's director of athletics Aaron Fox, adding:
"Anthony will join Medvescak during the training camp in Plzen, Czech Republic, as a tryout player. I have heard from some high profile NHL players that he has been skating and working out over the summer is that he is in the best shape of his life and is arriving ready to go.''
Anthony Stewart was born in 1985 in LaSalle (Quebec, Canada). He is 190cm tall and plays right wing. At the 2003 NHL draft he was the Florida Panthers' 25th pick, and he began his professional career in 2004-05 with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). He premiered in the NHL for Florida (with whom he spent four years) the following season, playing 10 games and earning three points. Aside from Florida and San Antonio, he has also played for the Rochester Americans, Chicago Wolves (AHL), Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Nottingham Panthers (EIHL), Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg (KHL), and Gotteron and Rapperswil (NLA).
Throughout his professional career he has played 262 games in the NHL (71 points), 260 in the AHL (119 points), 19 in the KHL (2 points), 16 in the NLA (9 points), and 20 in the EIHL (11 points).