Experience: 1st season
Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Hometown: Brighton, Michigan
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Matt Stewart joined the Storm as its newest Assistant Coach in August 2016. The 25-year-old arrived in Tri-City after serving as an assistant in 2015-16 at Lawrence University, a NCAA Division III school in Appleton, Wisconsin that competes in the North Collegiate Hockey Association.
At Lawrence University last season, the Vikings won nine games, its highest win total since 2012.
A former defenseman, the Brighton, Michigan native played three seasons in the USHL; one with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (2007-08) and two with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (2009-11). Stewart won the Clark Cup in 2010 and was coached by current Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper. In 2011, Stewart made the Clark Cup Final with Green Bay.
In 152 USHL games, Stewart had two goals, 32 points, a plus-23 rating and 174 penalty minutes.
Stewart Coaching Timeline
2016-present: Tri-City Storm (Assistant Coach)
2015-16: Lawrence University (Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach)
2010: Clark Cup Champion (Green Bay Gamblers)
2009: National Championship (Little Caesars U18)
After his USHL career, Stewart played four seasons (2011-15) at Western Michigan University. In 64 games, Stewart scored three goals and nine points. In his freshman year, the Broncos won the CCHA Conference Championship. Stewart was named to the All-Academic NCHC Conference squad in his senior season, 2015, and was a co-recipient of the team's KOHA Grinder Award.
Growing up in the Detroit suburbs, Stewart played his youth hockey for Little Caesars (2005-07, 2008-09) and won a 2009 National Championship with the U18 team.
The son of Dave and Karen, Matt's brother, Brett, played football for Western Michigan.
Coach Stewart Quote: “The organization has been great to me. Bill and Taylor have been wonderful, as well as President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe and Owner Kirk Brooks. I’m excited to jump into a top-notch organization and chase another Clark Cup. The USHL has a great tradition of developing and it’s something I’m looking forward to joining. I’m eager and anxious to meet and exceed that expectation.”
Coach Muckalt Quote: “Matt comes to us highly-recommended. He has a bright future. We excited to provide him with an opportunity to better himself and help our players improve. I think he’s going to be a very good addition to our staff.”
Nelson won the school’s male “Bulldog of the Year” award for the 2011-12 academic year.
Before Ferris, the native of Regina, Saskatchewan played in his home province with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. Nelson won a Royal Bank Cup in 2008 as the team’s starting goaltender which included a 31-save shutout win in the National Championship game to secure a 1-0 win against the Camrose Kodiaks.
In the shutout, Nelson made a reaching-back glove save with 0.3 seconds on the clock against future NHL first-round pick Joe Colborne to keep the one-goal edge intact. Nelson’s stick and glove from the 2008 Finals game are in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.