April 7, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL)
PRINCETON, N.J. - Former Cincinnati Cyclones left wing Greg Stewart became the 354th player to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL when he made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 win against Toronto on Saturday.
Stewart fought Bryan McCabe in the third period and finished with 13
shifts and 11:26 of ice time.
He is the 25th former ECHL player to play his first NHL game this year and
the 209th to make his debut in the past seven seasons. In each of the last
nine NHL seasons there have been at least 20 former ECHL players who have
played their first NHL game including 41 in 2003-04 and a record 47 in
There have been five players who have played in both the ECHL and the NHL
Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis),
Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan
LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus),
Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny
Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
The Premier AA\' Hockey League has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in
the NHL, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had
affiliations with at least 20 teams.
Selected in the eighth round (246th overall) by Montreal in the 2004 NHL
Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Stewart played his entire rookie season in
2006-07 in Cincinnati and had 23 points (8g-15a) and 126 penalty minutes in
62 regular season games. He led the Cyclones in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with
36 penalty minutes and tied for the team lead with five goals while
finishing with seven points in 10 games. He had 17 points (10g-7a) and 137
penalty minutes in 69 games for Hamilton of the American Hockey League in
2007-08. The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens and the