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). 

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...

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...

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...

Non-Sports Lessons for Hockey and Life

Last night in Moscow, I had some time to kill before the start of the off-ice conditioning tests for our KHL-hopeful officials. I sat at a stadium that kind of reminded me of a Russian version of Dilboy Field in Somerville. Sitting...

Over-Familiarity Breeds Complacency and Contempt

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 My condolences go out to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Circillo and my thoughts and prayers to all in Ottawa and throughout Canada. You are not alone in your grief. At times like these, we are...

Bortuzzo Suspension and Discipline-by-Result

When it comes to officiating and enforcing the rules of hockey, there are three components to consider. First, there's the action by the player. Second, there is the rulebook definition of the legality or illegality of that action, along with a protocol of penalizing...

They Gotta Have Hart

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In the course of assembling my autobiographical book project, I have relived a whole lot of happy memories and some not-so-happy ones. To steal a line from the song "Home By the Sea," images of sorrow, pictures of delight: things that go to...

The Fight in the Dog

Last night in Moscow, I had some time to kill before the start of the off-ice conditioning tests for our KHL-hopeful officials. I sat at a stadium that kind of reminded me of a Russian version of Dilboy Field in Somerville. Sitting...

George Carlin and the NHL “Situation Room”

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...

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...

Leggo My Elbow

National Hockey League officials spend their lives on the road during the season. There is no such thing as a homestand when you're an official. In practical terms, that means you simply work through illnesses and injuries whenever possible. If a situation...

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