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). 

A Tale of Two Gillies

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 One of the toughest and most honorable players I ever saw was Clark Gillies. A leader and key contributor on the New York Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cup championship teams of the early 1980s, Gillies was a complete...

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...

The Chowder Bowl Runneth Over

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Today's blog is dedicated to the memory of Milton LeBlanc, my friend from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Milton passed away today after battling cancer, leaving an unfillable empty berth on the marina. Before hearing about Milton, I had...

Run the Clock and Keep Your Mouth Shut

There's an old story about a minor league hockey team owner from the early 1970s who was having an affair with a woman much younger than his wife. Every Friday or Saturday night, he would meet up with his mistress at the same time...

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...

Focus on the Process Before the Result

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I am in the process of assembling a white paper for the benefit of hockey fans, coaches and players who want to understand more about how the game is viewed and reviewed from the standpoint of officials. The...

How I Grew Two Years Younger

If you look up various biographical entries on me, you will sometimes find a discrepancy in my birth year. Some places have it as 1953 (which is correct). Others have it as 1955. For some reason, Hockeydb.com lists it as March 24, 1952. ...

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