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). 

Congrats on a Stellar Career, Martin Brodeur

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 So many things have changed about hockey over the years that is sometimes easier to talk about the things that never will change. First and foremost on that list is that there is no substitute for great goaltending....

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...

The Wrath of Manson

b>Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 As many of my readers know, I was never afraid to call a penalty shot when the rules dictated it. I called more than any other referee in the NHL over the course of my career. One season,...

Move It On Over (or That Side Yours, This Side Mine)

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Way back in 1947, six years before I was born, country music legend Hank Williams Sr. recorded a hit song called "Move It On Over." More than 30 years and a host of cover versions later, George Thorogood...

Bad Season for Collisions

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 This has been a bad year in the National Hockey League for collisions between players and officials as well as other injuries sustained by referees and linesmen. Within the last couple weeks alone, there have been several incidents....

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...

Authority and Control: Three Keys

One of the most important skills an official must master is the ability to take control of a game. Players and coaches alike must be made aware that an official is confident in his authority over a game and is not afraid to use...

Goalies Are a Different Breed

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 You know the stereotype about goaltenders being oddballs? I'm not going to confirm or deny that one. All that I will say is that I've been told a few times over the years that I missed my calling...

If the Ring Fits…

Back in 1977, I was in the office of Cincinnati Stingers owner Bill DeWitt, getting ready to sign my contract for the World Hockey Association team. I put down the pen for a moment and told Mr. DeWitt a story. "You know, Gordie...

The Bad Housekeeping Seal: The Dreaded Too-Many-Men Penalty

I do not have data to back this up, but there anecdotally seems to be an early season uptick in too many men on the ice penalties in early going of the 2014-15 NHL season. Some have been blatant ones that had to be...

NHL Must Get it Right with Romasko

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Over the years, I have been outspoken in my desire for the NHL to start recruiting and developing more officials from the United States and Europe. The league blew it a few years ago in its handling of...

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