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Stewart Signs AHL Contract With Manitoba

Tuesday, August 17th
Stewart Signs AHL Contract With Manitoba

WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 17) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, are excited to announce that defenseman Dean Stewart has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the AHL's Manitoba Moose. Wichita retains his ECHL rights, which means if he is assigned to an ECHL team, he will head to the Thunder. 

Stewart, 23, had an outstanding rookie season for the Thunder. He was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team, All-ECHL Second Team and finished second for ECHL Rookie of the Year. He was also named as the team's Defenseman of the Year. 

He returns to home province of Manitoba as he grew up in Portage la Prairie. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound blueliner joined the Thunder in January and quickly acclimated himself. He finished his rookie campaign with 36 points (6g, 30a). Stewart led all rookies in assists and was second in plus/minus (+22). 

Prior to turning pro, Stewart completed a four-year career at the University of Omaha and was named captain during his senior campaign. He collected 45 points (7g, 38a) in 130 career games for the Mavericks. Stewart was named the team’s MVP, Most Outstanding Defenseman and won the Biggest Heart award.  

The Thunder will open their home schedule on Friday, October 29 against the Utah Grizzlies and close home-opening weekend on Saturday, October 30 as the Wheeling Nailers make their first-ever trip to the Air Capital. 

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