Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart holds the distinction of being the first U.S.-born citizen to make it to the NHL as both a player and referee. On March 15, 2003, he became the first American-born referee to officiate in 1,000 NHL games.  Today, Stewart is an officiating and league discipline consultant for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and serves as director of hockey officiating for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). 

Loyalty to the Game, Not the Laundry

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 During my active officiating career, hockey fans I met would frequently say this to me; "Just between us, what is your favorite NHL team and least favorite team?" My answer: Every team...

Lighten Up, Lavy

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 The hockey world is a small one. It's the rare person whose had longevity in the sport with whom my path has not crossed somewhere along the way even if we were in...

Age is But a Number: Swimming Against the Tide

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I received a question from a reader named Dan asking for advice on how to break into higher-level officiating after the age of 30. This is a question I get frequently: ...

Gretzky Greatness Found in Acts of Kindness

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 The best offensive player ever to grace the sport of hockey turns 54 years old today. I'm talking, of course, about Wayne Gretzky. As I wrote in a blog last year,...

The Joys of Skating in the Great Outdoors

The other day, Brad Marsh wrote an entertaining blog for HockeyBuzz about his backyard rink (or, in his case, front yard rink) growing up in Ontario. It brought back a lot of my own memories. When I was...

You Make the Call (Pt. 2): Four Things You “Kneed” to Know

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the message board and via PM to give opinions on the four recent KHL play I reviewed for reported kneeing incidents or for "violent interference"....

NHL Must Get it Right with Romasko

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Over the years, I have been outspoken in my desire for the NHL to start recruiting and developing more officials from the United States and Europe. The league blew it a few years...

Focus on the Process Before the Result

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I am in the process of assembling a white paper for the benefit of hockey fans, coaches and players who want to understand more about how the game is viewed and reviewed from...

Goalies Are a Different Breed

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 You know the stereotype about goaltenders being oddballs? I'm not going to confirm or deny that one. All that I will say is that I've been told a few times over the years...

You Make the Call: Four Things You “Kneed” to Know (Pt. 1)

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 In recent years, there has been an uptick in kneeing penalties and "violent interference" related supplemental discipline cases around hockey. As with many things in our sport nowadays, much of it traces to...

It’s Not Just a Job

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 My father, Bill Stewart Jr., was a kind and compassionate man but he also knew how to take the starch out of disrespectful people. I will never forget how, one time one time...

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