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Behind the ECHL Benches – Chris Stewart


Chris Stewart was the Colorado Eagles’ first head coach (2003-04 thru 2007-08), leading the Eagles to two Central Hockey League titles (2005 and 2007) in their first five seasons. As president and general manager, Stewart is also responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Eagles office and all player transactions.

In his first five seasons behind the bench, Stewart guided the Eagles to five consecutive playoff berths – winning the Northwest Division each time – and three appearances in the CHL’s Presidents’ Cup Finals. In that time, the Eagles won the Governors’ Cup with the best regular season record twice (2004-05 and 2005-06) and the Presidents’ Cup as league champions two times as well (2005 and 2007). Colorado produced the best cumulative record (213-77-26) in the CHL during that time and set a CHL expansion team record with a .711 winning percentage in 2003-04.

Stewart stepped away from the bench after the 2007-08 season – taking two years off to focus on his roles as president & general manager – before returning for the 2010-11 season. In his first season back behind the Eagles’ bench, Stewart proved he hadn’t lost his touch in again taking the team to the CHL’s Presidents’ Cup Finals, marking the first time in CHL history that one team reached the Finals five times (four under Stewart). Stewart has led the Eagles to a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of their three seasons in the ECHL.

Before coaching professionally, Stewart spent 15 seasons coaching Canadian Junior ‘A’ hockey where he produced 46 National Hockey League draft picks, coached in six All-Star Games and was named Coach of the Year four times.

 

Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms W L T Gms W L
1998-99 Huntsville (CHL) 70 47 19 4 15 11 4
1999-00 San Antonio (CHL) 70 33 32 5
2000-01 San Antonio (CHL) 70 42 21 7 9 5 4
2001-02 San Antonio (CHL) 64 40 16 8 4 1 3
2003-04 Colorado (CHL) 64 43 16 5 4 1 3
2004-05 Colorado (CHL) 60 43 10 7 16 12 4
2005-06 Colorado (CHL) 64 44 14 6 12 5 7
2006-07 Colorado (CHL) 64 46 17 1 25 16 9
2007-08 Colorado (CHL) 64 37 20 7 16 8 8
2010-11 Colorado (CHL)
66 40 22 4
22 13 9
2011-12 Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
  72 38 28 6   3 0 3
2012-13 Colorado Eagles (ECHL)   72 34 31 7   6 2 4
2013-14 Colorado Eagles (ECHL)   71 33 26 12   6 2 4
  ECHL Totals
  215 105 85 25   15 4 11