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). 

Managing Communications — and Disagreements — With Fellow Officals

In conjunction with strong positioning, consistent hustle and thorough knowledge of the rulebook, the success of any on-ice officiating team hinges on strong communication. I don't care what league it is or what language is spoken (hockey is a universal language, anyway). ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Remember from Whence You Came

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Throughout my life and career in hockey, I have been inspired by this famous quote from James Baldwin: "Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can...

Sticks, Scalpels and Putters

One of my biggest frustrations with hockey in more recent years has been the way the old-fashioned honest tough guy has been increasingly forced out of the sport. Meanwhile, the stickwork guys and other opportunistic cheap shot artists remain to become less and less...

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...

Advice for Ryan Garbutt

Dallas Stars left winger Ryan Garbutt is a player who has battled a lot of long odds just to play in the NHL. There's a lot about his back story to which I can personally relate and, as such, he's someone I would like...

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,...

A Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day weekend wishes go out to my family, friends and readers in the United States and Canada. I am still in Ufa, Russia. As long as there is breath in my body, being involved in the game will always be my labor...

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