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). 

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...

Remembering Ace and Mark, Rooting for Refs in Traverse City

I would be remiss today if I did not make mention of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that stand as one of the most senseless and heartbreaking tragedies in modern history. In memory of the victims and families of 9-11,...

The Chowder Bowl Runneth Over

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Today's blog is dedicated to the memory of Milton LeBlanc, my friend from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Milton passed away today after battling cancer, leaving an unfillable empty berth on the marina. Before hearing about Milton, I had...

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...

‘Growing Up’ With Players

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Recently, I did an interview with a Russian reporter about the development of young officials in the MHL (Russian junior league). I was asked about the value of developing officials at that level before they move on to...

My Loyalty is to the Game

Not too long ago, I had a KHL "boss" ask me "Who are you loyal to here in the KHL?" My response was simple. I said, "I have appreciation for Mr. Timchenko and Mr. Medvedev, The Chairman and the President of this league...

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. I blame some...

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...

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...

Advice for Ryan Garbutt

Dallas Stars left winger Ryan Garbutt is a player who has battled a lot of long odds just to play in the NHL. There's a lot about his back story to which I can personally relate and, as such, he's someone I would like...

Christmas on the Bus

The National Hockey League is about to go on its now-annual three-night Christmas break, spanning Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. That wasn't always the case. Years ago, the NHL held games on Christmas and especially on Dec. 26. Back when I was...

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