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Terriers’ Stewart selected in NHL draft

BUFFALO, NY - Portage Terriers’ outstanding defenceman Dean Stewart was selected in the 7th round (188th overall) of the NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes Saturday. 

Stewart, 18, hails from Portage and picked up eight goals and 14 assists last season for 22 points with the Terriers. He also helped Team Canada West capture gold at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge this past season.

“Congratulations to Dean and the Portage Terrier organization,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said today. “This reflects the exceptional talent level in our league. Dean’s hockey career is now going up to the next step.”

Stewart joins former MJHLers Peter Stoykewych and Brendan O’Donnell as players selected into the NHL Draft.

O’Donnell, who is a former Winnipeg South Blue, was grabbed 156th overall (6th round) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010. Stoykewych, also a former Winnipeg South Blue, was taken 199th overall (7th round) by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010.