St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Stuart's love of hockey began in 1967 with the birth of the Blues. He began skating at the age of 10 and attended the St. Louis Blues Hockey School in 1970. Stuart first played hockey for Valley. The next year he played on St. Louis Country Club, followed by Olivette, and then on to the Blue Flames each for one year.

At the age of 14, Stuart played on the first St. Louis Comets Junior B team at Winterland Ice Rink. He was also the starting goalie for Ladue High School that same year, as a freshman. There he was coached by Ed Olson (HOF 2008). While in high school, Stuart received the Leading Goaltender Award.

At 16, Stuart's play earned him a tryout with the Peterborough Petes, a Major Junior A hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). Stuart made the team but decided to return to St. Louis and play one more year while completing high school, one year early to play hockey in Canada the following year.

At age 17, Stuart received additional offers to play for the Oshawa Generals and the Toronto Marlboros, two other Major Junior A teams in the OHA and decided to play for Toronto during the 1977-78 season. Stuart was the first American goalie to play in this league in over 20 years. Stuart did not sign a contract or accept any money for playing in Toronto in order to maintain his amateur status to be able to play hockey in college.

In 1978, at age 18, Stuart accepted a full scholarship to play for the then, # 1 ranked, University of Denver in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

In 1979, he was selected to represent Team USA on the US National Hockey Team to play in the World Junior Tournament in Sweden.

In 1981, Stuart was invited to attend the St. Louis Blues Camp in Regina, Saskatchewan. He later worked for years as the Head Instructor for the St. Louis Blues Goaltending Clinic.

Stuart would like to thank his family and friends and all those who supported him through the years, especially his father who attended all of his games while he was in St. Louis. All of this is what helped to make his hockey career such an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Stuart is honored to be inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame and thanks the Nominating Committee and Board for his selection.