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Anthony Stewart Offers Brotherly Advice

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

by John McGourty for

Colorado Avalanche draft pick Chris Stewart owns the feel-good story of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft thanks to his close relationship with 2003 first-round pick Anthony Stewart, his brother.

Stewart, the 18th overall pick, has the advantage of an older brother who paved the way and highlighted the pitfalls for him. Anthony Stewart was the first pick, 25th overall, of the Florida Panthers in the 2003 draft. His NHL career was sidetracked last season by a broken wrist 10 games into the NHL season and he's working hard to make a berth for himself this season.

"I try to model myself after him," Chris said. "He's a great player, a good all-around player and he plays a good power-forward game. He had a tough year. He got sent down and worked his way back up to the Panthers, played 10 games and broke his wrist.

"For sure, it makes it easier to have someone who has gone through it and his advice is coming from the heart," Chris said. "My first year in Kingston was his last year there and he took me under his wing. We worked on things together and he taught me everything."

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