The younger brother of former NHL forward Anthony Stewart, Chris was selected by the Colorado Avalanche at No. 18 in the 2006 NHL Draft. With a hard shot, good speed and a strong work ethic, Stewart went from a fourth-line player to a feared scorer.
Stewart stopped playing hockey in favor of football at 14 but resumed playing at 16 at the urging of Anthony, who arranged a tryout with his junior team, Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. Chris made the team and eventually became captain, just like his brother.