Son of rock legend Rod Stewart, Liam Stewart, has just started his second season with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Liam played with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in El Segundo, California. I met Liam when he was 14-years old. His mother, Rachel Hunter (actor/model) was dating Jarret Stoll (LA Kings) at the time and Jarret told the young Stewart to start doing some off-ice training with me. Liam started training with us in Redondo Beach and quickly became a workout fanatic. Little did I know that Liam would turn out to be one of the most prolific athletes that I have ever trained. He is a rare combination of raw power, speed and stamina and his most recent HockeyOT testing results speak for themselves!
Tim Speltz, Spokane’s general manager, was recently interviewed about the young Stewart and stated that “He’s a special athlete. So he turns heads automatically, before we’re even on the ice, in the fitness tests. Any player that can do that will impress a coach because it shows they’re dedicated and committed. Those things don’t happen by accident.”
Like many kids with famous parents, Liam has to work even harder to prove that he deserves to be with the Chiefs. According to Speltz, reporters will frequently ask him more questions about his parents than the game that he played that night. Of course there is no substitute for results when it comes to validating your performance. So far, Liam has 7 points in 13 games with Spokane this season. My hunch is that with his elite fitness, look for him to have a big second half of the season as he gets more comfortable playing at the WHL level.
Regardless, all of us at HockeyOT.com are proud for what Liam has accomplished thus far in the hockey world. Not bad for the son of a rock legend!
To read the Globe and Mail article about Liam being the son of rock legend Rod Stewart click HERE.
Dr. Chad Moreau is the President of HockeyOT.com, an online training site dedicated to improving the fitness level of hockey players of all levels. He was the former Strength & Conditioning/Nutrition Consultant for the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL). For more information please visit hockeyot.com.