Biega to Vancouver; Stewart Returns
By Mark Caswell Jr.Dec 1, 2015
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Alex Biega from the Utica Comets. In addition, Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher has also announced that the Vancouver Canucks have reassigned forward Mackenze Stewart to the Comets from the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
Biega, 27, has appeared in one game with Vancouver and in 14 games with Utica where he has registered six points (1-5-6) and eight penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut in 2014-15, appearing in seven games and notching one goal as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, Biega registered 19 points (3-16-19) and 24 penalty minutes in 62 games, ranking second in scoring among defensemen on the Utica Comets. Biega also played in 23 playoff games for Utica, collecting four points (0-4-4) and 16 penalty minutes.
Stewart, 20, has played in six games for Kalamazoo and has registered five penalty minutes. He appeared in four games and registered 17 penalty minutes for the Comets this season. The Calgary, AB native spent the 2014-15 season with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders where he collected 11 points (5-6-11), and 114 penalty minutes as a defenseman.
The 6’4”, 215-pound forward was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round (186th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft.