Monsters sign goaltender Hayden Stewart to pro tryout contractMar 18, 2021
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, top affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Thursday that the Monsters signed goaltender Hayden Stewart to a pro tryout (PTO) contract. This season, Stewart went 4-5-2 with a 3.01 goals-against average (GAA) and a .912 save percentage (S%) in 11 appearances for the SPHL’s Birmingham Bulls and added a record of 0-1-0 with a 5.00 GAA and a .857 S% in one appearance for the SPHL’s Knoxville Ice Bears.
A 6’3”, 205 lb. left-catching native of Rockford, IL, Stewart, 26, appeared in ten ECHL games for the Cincinnati Cyclones, Orlando Solar Bears, and Fort Wayne Komets spanning parts of two seasons from 2017-19, posting a record of 3-6-0 with a 3.92 GAA and .885 S%. Prior to his professional career, Stewart went 6-7-1 with three shutouts, a 2.01 GAA and a .925 S% in 22 NCAA appearances for Cornell University spanning four seasons from 2014-18. In 40 USHL appearances for the Muskegon Lumberjacks, Dubuque Fighting Saints, and the Indiana Ice spanning parts of three seasons from 2011-14, Stewart went 24-14-2 with five shutouts, a 2.85 GAA and a .900 S% and helped Indiana claim the 2014 Clark Cup as USHL Playoff Champions.