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). 

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. OK, here's the clue:...

It’s Not Just a Job

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 My father, Bill Stewart Jr., was a kind and compassionate man but he also knew how to take the starch out of disrespectful people. I will never forget how, one time one time after he refereed a game,...

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. I blame some...

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...

Jagr: A Ref’s View on the Pele of Hockey

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When New Jersey Devils right winger Jaromir Jagr skates his first shift tonight in a game against the Dallas Stars, he will become just the 19th player in NHL history to appear in at least 1,480 regular season...

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...

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...

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...

Living on the Air in Cincinnati

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Yesterday, a HockeyBuzz reader sent me a link to Youtube video of a Cincinnati Stingers 6-4 road win against the Indianapolis Racers during the 1977-78 season. I was asked if I remembered this game. Well, no, I didn't remember this particular game except...

They Gotta Have Hart

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In the course of assembling my autobiographical book project, I have relived a whole lot of happy memories and some not-so-happy ones. To steal a line from the song "Home By the Sea," images of sorrow, pictures of delight: things that go to...

Jumping onto King Kong

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One of the biggest changes in pro hockey over the last few decades has been the sheer size of many of the people on the ice. Back when I was playing and early in my refereeing career, my 6-foot-1, 195 pound frame was...

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