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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). 

The October Rule Book vs. April Rule Book

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 It has been said many times over the years that NHL games are often officiated differently at the beginning of the season than they are during the stretch drive and playoffs. There is...

Focus on the Process Before the Result

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I am in the process of assembling a white paper for the benefit of hockey fans, coaches and players who want to understand more about how the game is viewed and reviewed from...

My First 81 Seconds in the NHL

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Thirty eight years ago tomorrow, I fulfilled a dream. I played my first NHL game. It didn't matter to me that it was only a preseason game. It didn't matter to me at...

Congrats on a Stellar Career, Martin Brodeur

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 So many things have changed about hockey over the years that is sometimes easier to talk about the things that never will change. First and foremost on that list is that there is...

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....

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...

Answering to a Higher Authority: The Good of the Game

I was far from a great natural talent as a hockey player. When I first took up officiating, I may not have been the most naturally gifted referee, either. However, I dare say that there are few people in...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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