Ice hockey: Rod’s son can’t make it - but no place still for Sheffield forward Hewitt

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Liam Stewart, the son of rock star Rod Stewart and former model Rachel Hunter, has seen his hopes of making his senior Great Britain debut ended by injury.

The 20-year-old forward, born in London, had been included in new head coach Pete Russell’s 23-man party for the World Championship in Holland next week.

But Stewart sustained a shoulder injury during Spokane Chiefs’ Western Hockey League play-off series against Everett and is replaced in the squad by Craig Peacock (Belfast Giants).

Russell said: “Liam is so disappointed not to be coming but he has picked up a shoulder injury. He has just had a really intense play-off series and his injury means he will not be able to travel.

“It is a shame for the lad but I am sure his time will come again in the future. It means a place now for Craig Peacock, who was unlucky to be left out of the original 23-man squad.

“Craig is a highly-talented player and it was a hard decision for me to leave him out in the first place. I am sure Craig will prove me wrong that I should not have left him out.”

Sheffield Steelers fans would love to have seen Jason Hewitt make the cut - but he has been overlooked by Russell.

Hewitt was one of the stand-out performers in the Elite League winning team, but seems to have no profile with the GB boss.