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). 

Evaluating Officials: A Sample Evaluation

In every season and in every significant league, there is a system in place to evaluate, reward, fine/suspend or retire officials. As a matter of fact, within the last week, I had to suspend a guy for missing a 7 a.m. assignment. ...

Fine and Dandy: Today’s Hockey Pros Scoff at Monetary Punishment

Something that has changed over the years in the NHL and other pro leagues is players' and coaches' attitudes toward fines. During my playing career and the early part of my officiating career, the threat of fines was a real deterrent to people in...

Filling the Mental Toolbox

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 I am currently on assignment in Finland, doing an officiating clinic. The other day, I was interviewed on television by the Finnish equivalent of Sports Center. I explained that my role is to help officials develop tools to...

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