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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). 

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,...

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...

Bad Season for Collisions

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 This has been a bad year in the National Hockey League for collisions between players and officials as well as other injuries sustained by referees and linesmen. Within the last couple weeks alone,...

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...

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. ...

Fine and Dandy: Today’s Hockey Pros Scoff at Monetary Punishment

Something that has changed over the years in the NHL and other pro leagues is players' and coaches' attitudes toward fines. During my playing career and the early part of my officiating career, the threat of fines was a...

Maatta Case a Reminder that Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I was guest on the Tampa Bay Lightning's official podcast, the Power Play podcast hosted by Matt Sammon. You can listen to the segment here. I had a good time doing...

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...

Shuffling Off to Buffalo

This past weekend, my best friend, Terry Johnson, passed away. Terry hailed from Kitchener, Ont. He used to drive me around and attended every game I refereed in Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo and Ottawa. I've been thinking a lot...

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...

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...

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