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). 

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 in the NHL at the...

A Slip of the Tongue

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Have you ever sent a text message or said something where you inadvertently add or delete a crucial word that changes the meaning to exactly the opposite of what you are trying to say? Of course you have....

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: I am 30 years old...

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". This was my take on...

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 is my favorite. I love...

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 ago in its handling of...

Bad Season for Collisions

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 This has been a bad year in the National Hockey League for collisions between players and officials as well as other injuries sustained by referees and linesmen. Within the last couple weeks alone, there have been several incidents....

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 a reckless lack of respect...

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 the standpoint of officials. The...

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 that I missed my calling...

When Does an Incident Rise to Supplemental Discipline Level?

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 In light of the NHL's recent decision to suspend Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo six games for his cross-check to the arm of Winnipeg Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault, I think today is a good day to revisit the...

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