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 Situation Room: A Carlinesque Term

b>Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When I work with officials, I place my trust in them. I tell them, "I hired you for your judgment, so go out there and judge." That doesn't mean I do not set the bar high...

George Carlin and the NHL “Situation Room”

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When I work with officials, I place my trust in them. I tell them, "I hired you for your judgment, so go out there and judge." That doesn't mean I do not set the bar high...

Leggo My Elbow

National Hockey League officials spend their lives on the road during the season. There is no such thing as a homestand when you're an official. In practical terms, that means you simply work through illnesses and injuries whenever possible. If a situation...

The Vancouver New Year’s Eve Paperwork Chase

Happy New Year to all HockeyBuzz readers. I don't know about you, but I am glad to see 2014 come to an end. This has been a rough year both for hockey and personally with all of the luminaries we've lost over the past...

The Uniformity Blog

On my Facebook page, someone recently shared a link to a cool photo essay blog on the evolution of referee and linesmen's sweaters over the years. The evolution of hockey rules -- including uniforms -- is a fascinating subject to me as...

Spirit of the Game vs. Technicalities: A No-Brainer

Late in the second period of Saturday night's game in Columbus between the Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins, Columbus' Matt Calvert collected the puck off a turnover by Boston's Milan Lucic near the right boards and wired a shot into the net. The goal...

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. Back when I was...

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 the President of this league...

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 the NHL. It's not just...

Some of My Best Friends are Linesmen (Says the Gary Bettman Impersonator)

One of my former bosses in the National Hockey League was openly disdainful of the importance of linesmen relative to referees. He used to say, "I could find linesmen on a street corner and no one would know the difference." He...

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 growing up in Massachusetts in...

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