Kenneth James Stewart
Born: November 9, 1984 (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Died: November 15, 2013 (Regina, Saskatchewan)
In 2002, midfielder Ken Stewart was named player of the year by the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association. He had led his under-19 team to a national field lacrosse title, a first for the province, later playing for the Saskatchewan senior men’s field lacrosse team that won the First Nations Trophy as national champions.
Stewart also rewrote the record book of the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, becoming the first player to record 100 goals in the box lacrosse circuit. He still holds the Mustangs club record for goals (150) and assists (135). He also played for the Regina Heat.
He was coached by his father, Barry Stewart, the winningest coach in the Prairie Gold history with a record of 61 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties.
As a 16-year-old midget hockey player, Ken Stewart suffered a serious neck injury when checked from behind during a game. He had the C1 and C2 vertebrae in his neck fused in surgery in Toronto. He was also told he would never play contact sports again. While recuperating, he met with Gary Roberts of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had recovered from a similar neck injury. “He told me to stick with the sport and not to give up,” Stewart told the regina Leader-Post earlier this year. “He gave me hope.”
Stewart, who was 29, died in a single vehicle rollover outside Regina. He leaves his wife, three children, his parents, two sisters, and four grandparents.