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). 

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...

Devolution of an NHL Suspension

The other day, someone asked me what I thought of the NHL's educational video about how the Department of Player Safety gathers information about on-ice incidents for review and the steps involved in supplementary discipline. I had not been aware of the video's existence,...

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". This was my take on...

Dough-Ray-Me: How NHL Officials Get Paid

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 The members of the National Hockey League Officials Association (NHLOA) are currently working without a contract. I am no longer involved in these matters, as I have been retired from the NHL for 11 years. However,...

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...

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...

Daley Arm Sweep Goal: A Game of Inches

There was an interesting play in the second period of last night's game at Joe Louis Arena between the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars. At the 7:08 mark, there was a scramble around the Detroit net and the Stars scored a would-be goal....

It’s Hockey, Nothing Personal

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I rode the Moscow metro going from CSKA's home rink to downtown. While on the train, I saw a father and son. The dad was lugging his son's hockey gear. The son sported a Dynamo Moscow jacket...

Loyalty to the Game, Not the Laundry

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 During my active officiating career, hockey fans I met would frequently say this to me; "Just between us, what is your favorite NHL team and least favorite team?" My answer: Every team is my favorite. I love...

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...

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...

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