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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). 

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...

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...

Hey, Now… You’re an All-Star

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Way back in the day, when a common NHL All-Star Game format pitted the defending Stanley Cup champions against an assembly of the top players from the other five teams in...

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"....

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: ...

Referee Cam: Pros and Cons

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Several folks have asked me for my opinion on the "referee helmet cam" experiment that Sportsnet in Canada is trying for their NHL broadcasts. I have mixed feelings about it. Last...

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...

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...

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...

Officials Are an Endangered Species

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 We have a crisis on our hands: We need serious people to keep working at the job of officiating but we just don't have enough people who want to take up the job....

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...

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