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). 

Rules, Rules Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink (or Never Stopped to Think)

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I have a question for the NHL rule makers: When you make a new rule, do you ever stop to think of all the possible complications it could create? You could be opening...

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...

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,...

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...

When Does an Incident Rise to Supplemental Discipline Level?

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 In light of the NHL's recent decision to suspend Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo six games for his cross-check to the arm of Winnipeg Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault, I think today is a...

Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov Remembered

The hockey world is a little poorer today, following the deaths of two of the game's best coaches: Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov. With all the retrospectives pouring in, I thought I would share my own recollections. Pat...

If the Ring Fits…

Back in 1977, I was in the office of Cincinnati Stingers owner Bill DeWitt, getting ready to sign my contract for the World Hockey Association team. I put down the pen for a moment and told Mr. DeWitt a...

Managing Communications — and Disagreements — With Fellow Officals

In conjunction with strong positioning, consistent hustle and thorough knowledge of the rulebook, the success of any on-ice officiating team hinges on strong communication. I don't care what league it is or what language is spoken (hockey is a...

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...

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"....

Enviroment Shapes Who You Are

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 It's often been said that environment plays a part in who you are or become. There are genetic aspects, too, but there is also Pavlov's learned behavior. Where I grew up in Boston,...

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