Brad Stebner is trading in his skates for a stethoscope.
After making his professional hockey debut with the East Coast Hockey League’s Stockton Thunder in the 2013-14 season, Stebner has decided to hang up his skates and pursue further education at the University of Calgary as he enters medical school.
“It wasn’t really an easy decision,” Stebner said of his decision to move on from the game of hockey.
“In the end, I felt the route I’m taking right now is a better route for my family and me personally as a career move.”
Joining the Thunder late in the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons with the NCAA Division I Michigan Tech Huskies, Stebner signed on for a full season during the summer of 2014.
In the 2014-15 season, Stebner ranked third amongst Thunder defencemen, scoring two goals and 18 points in 58 games.
“It was a great experience and I’m definitely glad that I went,” Stebner added.
“To play against ex-NHLers, guys on NHL contract was a big deal for me.”
Before joining Stockton, Stebner had built a significant resume, including three years with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, where he served as the team’s captain.
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