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). 

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...

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...

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...

Maatta Case a Reminder that Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I was guest on the Tampa Bay Lightning's official podcast, the Power Play podcast hosted by Matt Sammon. You can listen to the segment here. I had a good time doing the broadcast, as I do...

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...

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...

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 Hockey, Nothing Personal

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I rode the Moscow metro going from CSKA's home rink to downtown. While on the train, I saw a father and son. The dad was lugging his son's hockey gear. The son sported a Dynamo Moscow jacket...

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...

Cold Rinks, Hot Coffee and Old Friends: A Whirlwind Tour

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 National Hockey League training camps are underway, and soon the pucks will drop in earnest. The regular seasons are already underway around Europe, including the KHL, VHL and MHL. As most of your know, I am a history...

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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