Thursday, September 22, 2011
Soccer? rugby? … cricket, maybe?
None of the above, actually.
Liam Stewart, the youngest of two children Stewart and Hunter have together, is an aspiring professional hockey player — that most Canadian of sports.
His aspirations have brought him to Spokane.
He’s one of four rookie forwards left (Nakeh Lamothe, Connor Chartier and Cody Nelson are the others) fighting for a spot on this year’s Chiefs team. The Chiefs are keeping wraps on all the rookies, says, Jay Stewart, the teams Director of Public Relations. They don’t want anyone to give a bunch of interviews and then get cut from the team. “I don’t want to put any of them in that position,” he says, adding that the roster is still in flux.
In the team’s seven pre-season games, Stewart scored two goals, making him the highest-scoring of the rookies, and tied with Connor Chartier for most points (2) among rookies.
This would seem to put him in a good position, but there’s no guarantee any of the rookies will be taken at all. Chiefs veterans Brenden Kichton, Dominik Uher, Darren Kramer and Blake Gal are away at NHL invitations, so the Chiefs 2011-2012 roster won’t solidify until it’s clear which of them (if any) move up to the prime time. Jay Stewart says he expects to know by midweek next week.
In the meantime, there’s an opportunity to see Stewart in action, but you’ll have to travel to Tri Cities. The Chief’s opener is away from home this Saturday at 7:05 pm, against bitter rivals the Americans.
Stewart has come to Spokane with his mom, Rachel Hunter. The actress and supermodel was spotted Sept. 2 at Comcast Arena in Everett for a pre-season tournament the Chiefs played in. Hunter’s Twitter feed tells us she is settling into Spokane well enough, though she’s “wishing I was in New Zealand” cheering on her native country’s All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup.
The Chiefs will play the Americans again in their home opener. The puck drops on that one — with or without Liam Stewart taking the face-off — October 1 at 7:05 pm as well.