During his time at Ridley, Brad Stewrat was part of the First Boys hockey team, the golf team and the soccer team, though he wasn’t a shoe-in for the latter, showing up to tryouts wearing only tennis shoes, not cleats, and sliding all over the field. “I made the team on sheer will,” he recalls. But skill, talent and hardwork were also essential to Brad’s success, as he moved on to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Brock University in the CIS, and later moving on to the Western Professional Hockey League as a member of the Amarillo Rattlers. His experiences have taught him that good sportsmanship is paramount. In his subsequent roles as a parent and as a coach, he strives to instill in young people a respect for both their opponents and for the game itself.
“I have learned one of the most important keys to success in sport is preparation; that success in a game often happens from the many hard hours of practice and unseen hours on the practice rink, or in the weight room.”