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). 

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Frank Udvari: One of the All-Time Greats

Hockey Hall of Fame inducted referee Frank Udvari passed away yesterday at the age of 90. He was a mentor to me and many, many other officials. When I was a young referee just starting out my officiating career, I got a great piece...

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, there was little choice but...

It’s Not About the Money

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Hockey is a business. However, when you are out on the ice chasing the puck, the business side of the game is the last thing on your mind. Anyone who believes the game is just a glorified ATM...

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