It’s always a pleasure to hear good news about former Boston Bruins players, particularly those that decide to stick around the game of hockey. That’s the case with former Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who is poised to be named an assistant coach for the college hockey team at his alma mater Colorado College, per ESPN’s John Buccigross.
Source tells me Mark Stuart (673 NHL games/CC alum) will be one of the assistant coaches at Colorado College. Currently a volunteer assistant at UVM. Peter Mannino will be the other assistant at CC #cawlidgehawkey pic.twitter.com/PrdpDomZe8
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) April 24, 2021
Stuart was a 2003 first round pick of the Bruins after a stellar collegiate career at Colorado College, and became a physical, dependable “caveman strong” stay-at-home defensemen at the NHL level with a 673-game career playing for the Bruins, Trashers and Jets. He was also a young leader on those tough Bruins teams before getting dealt to the Trashers with Blake Wheeler for Rich Peverley just ahead of the B’s Stanley Cup run in 2010-11 and became a rugged leader on the blueline for a young Jets group during his time in Winnipeg.
The 36-year-old last played in the NHL for Winnipeg in 2016-17 before being bought out his contract, and last played pro hockey for the German League’s Adler Mannheim in 2017-18.
He always had the solid makeup and innate hockey sense that made for a good hockey coach during his Bruins days, so hopefully the job puts him on the road to heading his own program someday. Stuart spent this past season as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Vermont hockey team prior to landing the gig with Colorado College.
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“For me I wanna be able to be someone who can say hey, it wasn’t easy, but you can make it one day.”
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) April 21, 2021
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