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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). 

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...

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....

Barnum and Smothers

Many years ago, my mother and I were together when a young person with multi-colored spiked hair and a variety of facial piercings and tattoos walked past us. My mother frowned. "That is someone who was never hugged...

I’ll Take Dangerous Infractions for $400, Alex

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Let's play a little "Jeopardy" here: You've selected a video Daily Double under the category "Dangerous Hockey Infractions." Are you ready? Remember to present your answer in the form of a question. ...

A Slip of the Tongue

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Have you ever sent a text message or said something where you inadvertently add or delete a crucial word that changes the meaning to exactly the opposite of what you are trying to...

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...

The Fight in the Dog

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...

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...

The Joys of Skating in the Great Outdoors

The other day, Brad Marsh wrote an entertaining blog for HockeyBuzz about his backyard rink (or, in his case, front yard rink) growing up in Ontario. It brought back a lot of my own memories. When I was...

Fighting the Entitlement Culture is an Uphill Battle

When people ask me about the biggest things that have changed in hockey over the years, one of the things that inevitably comes up is the entitlement culture that has taken hold among many of the younger players entering...

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...

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