Veteran of 262 National Hockey League games, Anthony Stewart has started 2016 fresh in a league few OHL grads experience. Stewart signed on January 1 with the Jonquiere Marquis in Quebec’s LNAH. He joins one other Ontario Hockey League alumnus on the team with Sean McMorrow taking on his usual role as sheriff.
Stewart played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Kingston Frontenacs. He was the seventh overall pick at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection by Kingston and was captain of the team in his final two years.
Over 248 regular season Ontario Hockey League games, Anthony scored 118 and assisted on 120 for 238 points. They were tough times for the Frontenacs and Stewart played just six playoff games over his four years. However, he helped Canada to an IIHF World Junior silver in 2004 and gold in 2005.
The Florida Panthers took Stewart in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 25th overall. His first pro action came in 2004-05 when he played ten regular season American Hockey League games with the San Antonio Rampage after the Frontenacs failed to qualify for the post season.
Since 2005-06, Anthony has played in the NHL, AHL, the U.K.’s EIHL, the KHL and Switzerland’s National League A. He played 262 regular season games in the National Hockey League between 2005-06 and 2011-12 with the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes. His post season bad luck continued, not appearing in a single game in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In 2014-15, Stewart appeared in just 12 games with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL. He was without a team until signed by Jonquiere on New Year’s Day. Brother Chris Stewart is currently with the Anaheim Ducks.
The franchise is rooted back to 1996 and were the Laval Chiefs from 1998-99 to 2004-05. The Chiefs were the subject of a documentary that brought light to this rough and tumble yet extremely passionate hockey league that goes much unknown (More info here: Les Chiefs). The team has played out of Saguenay, Quebec since the 2008-09 season and home games are played at the 3,200 seat Palais Des Sports De Saguenay, a venue that opened in 1945.
The Marquis were LNAH champions in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Currently, they are in first place in the eight team league. The Cornwall River Kings are the only team to be located outside of Quebec. The River Kings sit in last place by a decent margin.
Sean McMorrow is in his second year with the club after two years away from hockey. McMorrow played in the OHL from 1999-00 to 2001-02 with the Sarnia Sting, Kitchener Rangers, Mississauga Ice Dogs, London Knights and Oshawa Generals. In less than 200 LNAH games since 2006-07, Sean has amassed over 1,500 minutes in penalties, a pace of over eight PIM per game.
Currently, McMorrow is third in the league with 161 PIM in 27 games. Over 245 American Hockey League games, Sean sat 1,161 minutes in the box.