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). 

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 my work. I love the...

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...

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...

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 say? Of course you have....

They’re Cheatin’ So They Must Be Tryin’

There's an old hockey saying that goes "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." It's been credited to a lot of different people over the years. Actually, Cam Neely said it to me once. The truth of the matter is this: Players and...

When Does an Incident Rise to Supplemental Discipline Level?

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 In light of the NHL's recent decision to suspend Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo six games for his cross-check to the arm of Winnipeg Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault, I think today is a good day to revisit the...

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...

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...

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