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. Additionally, we need...

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 the time that I only...

Overcoming Language Barriers in Hockey Instruction

My friends and colleagues in North America ask me this question all the time: "How do you deal with the language barrier while working in Russia? It has to be hard to communicate when you only know a few words of Russian and few...

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 sports arbiter. Regardless of the...

‘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...

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 11 years. However,...

Loiselle is Doomed to Fail… and It’s Not His Fault

I was happy to hear that Claude Loiselle landed on his feet after being let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs as assistant general manager. He has taken Brendan Shanahan's old job as VP of the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Claude...

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,...

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". This was my take on...

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 a can of worms. ...

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...

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