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). 

Some of My Best Friends are Linesmen (Says the Gary Bettman Impersonator)

One of my former bosses in the National Hockey League was openly disdainful of the importance of linesmen relative to referees. He used to say, "I could find linesmen on a street corner and no one would know the difference." He...

Cold Rinks, Hot Coffee and Old Friends: A Whirlwind Tour

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 National Hockey League training camps are underway, and soon the pucks will drop in earnest. The regular seasons are already underway around Europe, including the KHL, VHL and MHL. As most of your know, I am a history...

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...

My First 81 Seconds in the NHL

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Thirty eight years ago tomorrow, I fulfilled a dream. I played my first NHL game. It didn't matter to me that it was only a preseason game. It didn't matter to me at the time that I only...

No Man is a Failure Who Has Friends

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When I am not at the rink, I am a huge movie buff. I'll let you in on a little habit of mine: I frequently watch movies when I sit down to do my work. I love the...

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, I have a long history...

Living on the Air in Cincinnati

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Yesterday, a HockeyBuzz reader sent me a link to Youtube video of a Cincinnati Stingers 6-4 road win against the Indianapolis Racers during the 1977-78 season. I was asked if I remembered this game. Well, no, I didn't remember this particular game except...

Maatta Case a Reminder that Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I was guest on the Tampa Bay Lightning's official podcast, the Power Play podcast hosted by Matt Sammon. You can listen to the segment here. I had a good time doing the broadcast, as I do...

Congrats on a Stellar Career, Martin Brodeur

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 So many things have changed about hockey over the years that is sometimes easier to talk about the things that never will change. First and foremost on that list is that there is no substitute for great goaltending....

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...

It’s Not About the Money

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Hockey is a business. However, when you are out on the ice chasing the puck, the business side of the game is the last thing on your mind. Anyone who believes the game is just a glorified ATM...

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