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). 

Overcoming Language Barriers in Hockey Instruction

My friends and colleagues in North America ask me this question all the time: "How do you deal with the language barrier while working in Russia? It has to be hard to communicate when you only know a few words of Russian and few...

Authority and Control: Three Keys

One of the most important skills an official must master is the ability to take control of a game. Players and coaches alike must be made aware that an official is confident in his authority over a game and is not afraid to use...

Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov Remembered

The hockey world is a little poorer today, following the deaths of two of the game's best coaches: Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov. With all the retrospectives pouring in, I thought I would share my own recollections. Pat was an intense competitor but...

Rules, Rules Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink (or Never Stopped to Think)

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I have a question for the NHL rule makers: When you make a new rule, do you ever stop to think of all the possible complications it could create? You could be opening a can of worms. ...

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....

Friends and Memories Made in Ufa

The World Junior Cup Championships in Ufa, Russia has been a well-attended and thoroughly enjoyable tournament. Hosted by the MHL Commissione Dmitry Efimov and his staff, I count this as my third tournament as an observer and consultant. Participating teams this year...

Fighting City Hall

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Anyone who knows me even casually knows that I'm someone who doesn't back down from a fight, especially when someone tries to bully me or people close to me. It goes against my nature. There is...

Neil Was in the Wrong

By now, most folks have seen last night's fight between Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil and Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett that saw Dorsett go after Neil after the combatants were separated by the linesmen. The backdrop for the fight: With Vancouver leading the...

Hockey is Our Common друг (Friend)

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 One of the first Russian words I learned when I took my current position with the KHL was a commonly used expression for "friend." Transliterated from the Cyrillic alphabet the word "друг" can easily be mistaken in English...

Safety First: Foligno Accident Was Preventable

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Last night's scary situation in Los Angeles that saw Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno taken off on a stretcher after a collision with linesman Shane Heyer could have had much worse long-term consequences. Thankfully, the early word...

The Situation Room: A Carlinesque Term

b>Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When I work with officials, I place my trust in them. I tell them, "I hired you for your judgment, so go out there and judge." That doesn't mean I do not set the bar high...

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