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). 

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...

Comparing NHL and KHL Officials

Ability is not limited to national borders or the separation created by the ocean. There may be cultural differences on the ice and some stylistic differences between big-rink and smaller rink hockey, but the game of hockey is universal language. It takes the same...

We Need to Recruit More and Better Officials

Every time I look at the recruitment numbers and turnover rates of hockey officials, I get concerned. We need more and better officials. Beyond that, we need to start teaching and giving young officials opportunities for experience and growth. Additionally, we need...

We Need to Recruit More and Better Officlals

Every time I look at the recruitment numbers and turnover rates of hockey officials, I get concerned. We need more and better officials. Beyond that, we need to start teaching and giving young officials opportunities for experience and growth. Additionally, we need...

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...

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...

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...

I’ll Take Dangerous Infractions for $400, Alex

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Let's play a little "Jeopardy" here: You've selected a video Daily Double under the category "Dangerous Hockey Infractions." Are you ready? Remember to present your answer in the form of a question. OK, here's the clue:...

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...

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 the NHL, there was a...

They’re Cheatin’ So They Must Be Tryin’

There's an old hockey saying that goes "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." It's been credited to a lot of different people over the years. Actually, Cam Neely said it to me once. The truth of the matter is this: Players and...

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