Bill Stewart (ice hockey)

William Donald Stewart (born October 6, 1957) is a Canadian-Italian retired professional ice hockey defenceman and former head coach of the New York Islanders.

Bill Stewart
Born (1957-10-06) October 6, 1957 (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota North Stars
Hershey Bears
Rochester Americans
St. Catharines Saints
Springfield Indians
National team  Italy
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1977
Buffalo Sabres
WHA Draft 46th overall, 1977
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1977–1995

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Stewart played in the 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from York Mills.[1] A native of Toronto, Ontario, he was drafted in the fourth round (68th overall) in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and started his National Hockey League career in 1977-78. He also went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Minnesota North Stars. He left the NHL at the end of the 1985–86 season choosing to play hockey in Italy until his retirement in 1995.

Coaching careerEdit

Stewart began his professional coaching career with the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League in 1995. After one season with Muskegon, Stewart took the head coaching position with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in 1996. Stewart got back into coaching professional hockey the following season with a stint in the American Hockey League and coaching the Saint John Flames to the Calder Cup Finals in 1998, losing to the Philadelphia Phantoms in six games.

Stewart was named head coach of the New York Islanders on January 21, 1999 after Mike Milbury himself stepped down to concentrate solely on his GM duties. After finishing the season with the Islanders, Stewart was relieved of his coaching duties and was replaced by Butch Goring on April 30, 1999. In 1999, Stewart returned to the OHL to become the head coach of the Barrie Colts. The roster that year included the four "Brampton Boys", one of whom, Ryan Barnes, faced charges of assault with a weapon after a stick-swinging incident during a game in October. Later in the season, three of the team's other players were charged with sexual assault. Finally, Stewart himself made headlines and was banned from entering the United States for twice smuggling a Ukrainian-born player over the Canada-U.S. border in the baggage compartment of the team bus.[2] Stewart infamously walked out of the Halifax Metro Centre without conducting any interviews to the media, following Barrie's 6-2 loss to the Rimouski Océanic in the 2000 Memorial Cup championship game.[3]

Following the controversial season in Barrie, Stewart continued his coaching career in Germany with and made headlines during the DEL quarterfinals in 2001 when he was involved in a mass brawl in game three against the Berlin Capitals,[4] during which he hit Capitals' head coach Pavel Gross in the head and himself was injured as well. Stewart was handed a two-game suspension and a DM 15,000 fine.[5] In the finals against the München Barons, he feigned fainting behind the Adler Mannheim bench to buy his star player Jan Alston time to get his skates sharpened. His team ended up winning the championship that year and got to the finals the following season. Stewart left Mannheim in January 2003 after being informed that his contract would not be extended at the end of the season.[6]

After a short stint in Krefeld, Stewart moved to Austria, where he coached the Graz 99ers and EHC Linz. He left Linz in December 2006 to return to Germany with the Hamburg Freezers. Linz challenged this transfer by seeking a restraining order, but lost the case.[7] Stewart was sacked by the Freezers in December 2008.[8]

On December 3, 2009, he agreed to take over as the head coach of Kölner Haie[9] and was relieved of his duties in November 2011.[10] He joined the Guelph Storm during the 2011-12 season as a consultant prior to being named assistant coach in 2012-13. He took over as interim head coach of the team in January 2015. The term "interim" was then removed prior to the end of the season.[11] He resigned from the Storm in December 2015 after only two wins[12] and went back to Germany in January 2016 to coach Dresdner Eislöwen of the DEL2.[13]

Stewart was appointed head coach of the DEL's Straubing Tigers in April 2017. Concerning his past, he stated at that time: "I have experienced a lot in Europe, have had great success, but have to admit that I have gone too far at times. These moments happened some years ago and, in the meantime, I have learned and become more quiet."[14] He was sacked as Straubing head coach on October 18, 2017 after his team won only eight of the first 13 games of the season and dropped to the very bottom of the DEL standings.[15]

On December 4, 2017, Stewart was named head of Adler Mannheim, returning for a second stint in charge at the club.[16] His contract expired at the end of the 2017-18 season in which he guided the Adler team to an appearance in the playoff semifinals.[17] He subsequently worked as a scout for the Adler organization.[18]

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 1997–98 - Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award - Saint John Flames


  • October 30, 1980 - Traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues for Bob Hess and a 4th round pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft (Anders Wikberg)
  • September 10, 1983 - Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • September 15, 1985 - Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota North Stars

NHL Player statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GPI G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 2 0 2 15 8 0 2 2 0
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 1 17 18 101 1 0 1 1 0
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 2 21 23 114 4 1 0 1 11
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 0 5 5 25 - - - - -
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 0 0 8 - - - - -
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 17 19 116 - - - - -
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 0 2 2 32 - - - - -
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 2 2 13 - - - - -
NHL totals 260 7 64 71 424 13 1 3 4 11

NHL Coaching statisticsEdit

NHL coaching statisticsEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
NYI 1998–99 37 11 19 7 (58) 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  2. ^ CHL article on the end of the Barrie Colts season, numerous suspensions and controversies Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hockey on trial as coach appeals suspension for throwing game
  4. ^ "DEL-Playoffs: Schlagfertig" (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  5. ^ ONLINE, RP. "15.000 Mark Geldstrafe: Adler-Trainer zwei Spiele gesperrt". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  6. ^ "ADLER Mannheim". (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  7. ^ "Linzer Gericht lehnt Einstweilige Verfügung gegen Bill Stewart ab". Hockeyweb (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  8. ^ Steinbach, Dirk. "Freezers entlassen Trainer Bill Stewart". (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  9. ^ Stewart am Freitag in Krefeld erstmals als KEC-Cheftrainer an der Bande – Sonntag Heimspiel gegen Nürnberg.
  10. ^ SCHAFFNER, STEFAN. "Mit Video!: Kölner Haie entlassen Bill Stewart". (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-03. Retrieved 2016-01-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Straubing Tigers - Aktuelles im Detail". (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  15. ^ "Eishockey: DEL: Straubing feuert Trainer Bill Stewart". Die Zeit (in German). 2017-10-18. ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  16. ^ "Adler trennen sich von Teal Fowler, Sean Simpson und Colin Müller". (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  17. ^ "Adler-Saison vorbei! Titelverteidiger München zieht souverän ins Finale ein". (in German). 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  18. ^ "Adler erweitern Scoutingnetzwerk". (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-26.

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Preceded by
Mike Milbury
Head coach of the New York Islanders
Succeeded by
Butch Goring