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Hockey Officiating

Common Sense Officiating: Thomas Paine Would Spin in His Grave

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.04.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

For example, in the recent Spengler Cup semifinal game between Team Canada and Geneva, there was a pivotal call made that may -- or may not -- have been correct under the letter of the rule book. However, common sense suggested that no call be made in that instance.

Officiating by Bureaucracy and Fear

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

The NHL conditions its officials to fear the game and to avoid criticism. In more recent years, the NHL has tried to make its officials voiceless as well as nameless and faceless. Officials are also banned from being quoted in the media.

From Minor League Meal Deals to Amarettos on Broadway

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.08.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

During my NHL refereeing career, I loved the whole electric atmosphere of big-time hockey in Manhattan. I enjoyed walking into the arena, and just basking in the history of the venue in all its many incarnations. What a history it was, too.