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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). 

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 (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"....

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...

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,...

How I Grew Two Years Younger

If you look up various biographical entries on me, you will sometimes find a discrepancy in my birth year. Some places have it as 1953 (which is correct). Others have it as 1955. For some reason, Hockeydb.com lists it...

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...

Advice for a Brother in Stripes: Dealing With Tough Times

One one of the most rewarding parts of my current work is the opportunity it gives me to communicate with and teach both current young officials and those who aspire to the tough but noble profession of being 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...

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,...

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...

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