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). 

Enviroment Shapes Who You Are

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 It's often been said that environment plays a part in who you are or become. There are genetic aspects, too, but there is also Pavlov's learned behavior. Where I grew up in Boston, there was little choice but...

Hey, Now… You’re an All-Star

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Way back in the day, when a common NHL All-Star Game format pitted the defending Stanley Cup champions against an assembly of the top players from the other five teams in the NHL, there was a...

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...

Fighting City Hall

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Anyone who knows me even casually knows that I'm someone who doesn't back down from a fight, especially when someone tries to bully me or people close to me. It goes against my nature. There is...

It’s Not Just a Job

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 My father, Bill Stewart Jr., was a kind and compassionate man but he also knew how to take the starch out of disrespectful people. I will never forget how, one time one time after he refereed a game,...

Comparing NHL and KHL Officials

Ability is not limited to national borders or the separation created by the ocean. There may be cultural differences on the ice and some stylistic differences between big-rink and smaller rink hockey, but the game of hockey is universal language. It takes the same...

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...

Barnum and Smothers

Many years ago, my mother and I were together when a young person with multi-colored spiked hair and a variety of facial piercings and tattoos walked past us. My mother frowned. "That is someone who was never hugged a child," she said. ...

My Loyalty is to the Game

Not too long ago, I had a KHL "boss" ask me "Who are you loyal to here in the KHL?" My response was simple. I said, "I have appreciation for Mr. Timchenko and Mr. Medvedev, The Chairman and the President of this league...

They Gotta Have Hart

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In the course of assembling my autobiographical book project, I have relived a whole lot of happy memories and some not-so-happy ones. To steal a line from the song "Home By the Sea," images of sorrow, pictures of delight: things that go to...

The Fight in the Dog

Last night in Moscow, I had some time to kill before the start of the off-ice conditioning tests for our KHL-hopeful officials. I sat at a stadium that kind of reminded me of a Russian version of Dilboy Field in Somerville. Sitting...

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