After spending the better part of 15 seasons away from home, Stewart Malgunas returned to Prince George two years ago as the assistant coach of the Prince George Cougars.
As a minor hockey player growing up in Prince George, Malgunas got his start playing at the Kin Centres and the Coliseum, learning the skills that got him drafted by the NHL's Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round in 1990.
Malgunas, a defenceman, became the first Prince George minor hockey product to wear the maple leaf at the World Junior Championships, where he won a gold medal with Team Canada in 1990.
Malgunas played one season for the Prince George Spruce Kings, recording 12 goals and 34 assists in 48 games, before making the move to major-junior with the Seattle Thunderbirds. There, he played the next two seasons before being drafted 66th overall by the Red Wings.
In 1992, he helped his AHL squad win the Calder Cup.He was then traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, were he played 67 games as a rookie.
Malgunas played 129 games in the NHL and 435 games in the AHL. He also played two seasons for the Frankfurt Lions, in Germany, before an ankle injury forced him into retirement in 2003.
Malgunas continues his coaching career as assistant coach for the Prince George Spruce Kings.