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). 

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...

Spirit of the Game vs. Technicalities: A No-Brainer

Late in the second period of Saturday night's game in Columbus between the Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins, Columbus' Matt Calvert collected the puck off a turnover by Boston's Milan Lucic near the right boards and wired a shot into the net. The goal...

Emotion vs. Reason: The 12-Hour Rule

Emotions run high during and immediately after hockey games. No one is immune. Players sometimes say and do things they regret later. Coaches do. Not even officials and their supervisors are always immune from letting emotion overtake rationality when there is a dispute in...

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...

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