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). 

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...

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,...

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...

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...

You Make the Call (Pt. 2): Four Things You “Kneed” to Know

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the message board and via PM to give opinions on the four recent KHL play I reviewed for reported kneeing incidents or for "violent interference". This was my take on...

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...

Friends and Memories Made in Ufa

The World Junior Cup Championships in Ufa, Russia has been a well-attended and thoroughly enjoyable tournament. Hosted by the MHL Commissione Dmitry Efimov and his staff, I count this as my third tournament as an observer and consultant. Participating teams this year...

Age is But a Number: Swimming Against the Tide

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Yesterday, I received a question from a reader named Dan asking for advice on how to break into higher-level officiating after the age of 30. This is a question I get frequently: I am 30 years old...

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...

Loyalty to the Game, Not the Laundry

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 During my active officiating career, hockey fans I met would frequently say this to me; "Just between us, what is your favorite NHL team and least favorite team?" My answer: Every team is my favorite. I love...

Bad Season for Collisions

Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 This has been a bad year in the National Hockey League for collisions between players and officials as well as other injuries sustained by referees and linesmen. Within the last couple weeks alone, there have been several incidents....

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