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Mark Stuart leaves Colorado College to become assistant coach for Edmonton Oilers

Former NHL defenseman coached last season for the Tigers after sen

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Mark Stuart was an assistant coach in the 2021-22 season at his alma mater, Colorado College. After a 12-year playing career in the NHL, the 38-year-old Rochester native is headed back to the NHL for the 2022-23 season, as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.
Contributed / Casey B. Gibson, Colorado College athletics

Mark Stuart will will be leaving his position as an assistant coach with the Colorado College hockey team to become an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.

Stuart, a former Tigers All-American who played 12 years in the NHL, spent the 2021-22 season as part of head coach Kris Mayotte's staff at Colorado College.

"I could not be happier for Mark and his family," Mayotte said in a news release. "Mark is a great person, coach, and alum with a very bright future. He was integral in helping us build the foundation of a championship program. I look forward to his continued success."

Stuart, a 38-year-old from Rochester, Minn., played for Colorado College from 2002-05 and was a captain on the 2004-05 team that reached the NCAA Frozen Four. He had 54 points in 118 college games and then played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins (2005-11), Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-17).

"I will forever be in debt to Kris Mayotte, (athletic director) Lesley Irvine, and the entire Colorado College community for the opportunity to come back to the Springs and coach the Tigers," Stuart said in the news release. "To the staff and players, thank you for allowing me to be a part of something special. The program is in great hands with this group and I look forward to following all of their successes."

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Stuart, one of two former Tigers to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, was picked 21st overall in 2003 by Boston. He made his NHL debut on April 15, 2005, and played 673 career games, had 26 goals, 93 points and 722 penalty minutes and was an alternate captain in Winnipeg from 2012-16.

Prior to joining the staff at his alma mater, Stuart was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Vermont during the 2020-21 season.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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