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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). 

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....

Advice for a Brother in Stripes: Dealing With Tough Times

One one of the most rewarding parts of my current work is the opportunity it gives me to communicate with and teach both current young officials and those who aspire to the tough but noble profession of being a...

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...

Referee Cam: Pros and Cons

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Several folks have asked me for my opinion on the "referee helmet cam" experiment that Sportsnet in Canada is trying for their NHL broadcasts. I have mixed feelings about it. Last...

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...

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...

A Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day weekend wishes go out to my family, friends and readers in the United States and Canada. I am still in Ufa, Russia. As long as there is breath in my body, being involved in the game...

Holding Officials Accountable

If I had a dollar for every time someone said "Why doesn't the (NHL, KHL, NCAA conferences, etc.) hold their officials accountable" I'd be a wealthy man making money in a rather unusual way. However, the notion that referees...

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...

Sticks, Scalpels and Putters

One of my biggest frustrations with hockey in more recent years has been the way the old-fashioned honest tough guy has been increasingly forced out of the sport. Meanwhile, the stickwork guys and other opportunistic cheap shot artists remain...

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....

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