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We Can Still Learn More From Russian Hockey

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.15.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

I was watching a Russian Pee Wee team play against one of our Mass Selects when I was reminded by the U.S. coach to tell the Russian coach that we don't allow checking at that level in North America. The Russian coach laughed.

Old Time Hockey: Defending the Dinosaur

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.08.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

There are many things I love about hockey that will never change. However, there really are times when I feel like I am a throwback to the days when dinosaurs and giants roamed the earth.

Longevity Lessons from Jaromir Jagr

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.01.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Recently, I saw a quote from Jaromir that really struck home with me. Jagr has been known to skate at midnight after playing in games. He outworks much younger teammates in the gym and adheres to a training regimen that borders on the surreal. That is why he's still around.

Run the Clock and Shut Your Mouth

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.31.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

At the professional levels, there are regular crews who work the league that oversee operations and the penalty and game clocks. These folks are invaluable to us on-ice officials, and very often they spot things that the officials -- and even the coaches -- miss.

A Ref's Favorite Team? I Love 'Em All

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.18.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

You know something I've never seen? I've never seen a referee or linesman who is "biased" toward or against a particular team. I would say so if it was otherwise, and probably would have to be physically separated from the SOB if we were in the same place at the same time.

Win Some, Lose Some

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.11.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Over the course of my officiating career in the NHL, I ran afoul of my bosses for a variety of reasons. Among the sillier reasons that I caught flak: my late father's briefcase, a roller bag, cowboy boots, a tuxedo, a quote, parking in New Haven, and a "bet" for charity.

Blackhawks Fan Wears Bandage Of Courage After Plexiglass Hits Her Face

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Sports

Alexis Bovard is NHL tough -- and she's just a spectator. Bovard was taking in her first hockey game Friday in Chicago when a player collision agai...

Checks and Balances: Empathy for the Tough Guy

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.04.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

As a player, my ticket to reaching the NHL and WHA was my toughness and work ethic. As an official, I respected the people who performed the policeman role because I knew just how difficult and misunderstood that job really is.

NHL Player's Daughter Asks Coaches To Bring Her Dad Home

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Sports

Well, her wish came true!

A Little Mental Clorox Does the Trick

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.25.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

When officials put on their equipment, they should take out of their bags an invisible bottle of Clorox. Before they head out to the rink, they should magically soak their brains and bleach out any preexisting thoughts about the game.

U.S. and Russia: Hockey Is Our Common Friend

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.20.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Everyday language is rife with pitfalls and easy misunderstands. One of the beautiful things about hockey is that the sport -- like art or music -- is a universal language. It's something we can appreciate, love, support and nurture.

Who Wins Hockey's New Cold War? Nobody.

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

It concerns and disgusts me that there are some folks in North America who are taking a perverse pleasure in the fallout and the collapse of the ruble. Part of the beauty of hockey at its best is its ability to transcend borders and politics.

Hockey Players With Disabilities Own NHL Stars, Prove Sports Can Be The Great Equalizer

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Good News

These athletes on ice prove hockey is hockey -- no matter how it's played. Gatorade Canada surprised members of the Cruisers Sledge Hockey team in ...

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.

The Ice Breaker

The New Yorker | Ben McGrath | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices

In late September, several weeks after signing a long-term deal that gave him the third-highest average annual salary in the National Hockey League, P...

Jump in the Fire: My Opening Night in the NHL

Paul Stewart | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Every player, coach and referee who has ever appeared in the NHL has his own story to tell about his first game in the League. The tale of my first game reffing in the NHL is an unconventional one. That's par for the course with me.

5 Things the Leafs Have to Do to Make the Playoffs...

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.29.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Pre-season is well under way for the Leafs and there are highlights and unfortunate low-lights. Kessel, Bozak and JVR are showing great strides as the cohesive first line.

Officiating Machines (or Back to Humans)

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.17.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

In my post-active career as an officiating supervisor and trainer, I have absolutely seen officials whom I can instantly tell are letting fear control them rather than confronting that fear by letting the game take shape and calling it accordingly.

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Canoe Paddles, Trash Picking and Banana Curves

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey is a sport of trends as well as evolution. That includes the enforcement of the rulebook and the development of the rules themselves. But the enforcement of some rules is stressed more than others.

3 NHL Sleeper Teams That Just May Wake Up This Season

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.07.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

With the NHL Season Opener just over a month away, hockey fans everywhere are gearing up and placing their expectations.

You Have to Spend Money to Make Money and the Leafs Have Money

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.31.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Following the trend of "Moneypuck" - how can the Leafs spend more money, to see the highest ROI? The cap is the cap - you can't change that. So where else can they invest in?

If Hockey Players Pulled a LeBron and 'Went Home'

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.24.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Ontario would probably have to expand from two teams to about five teams to accommodate the talent, and London, Ontario -- just 200km west of Toronto -- would be able to put one of the strongest teams on the ice.

5 Breakout NHL Players to Watch this Year

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.21.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

A new hockey season is a wonderful thing - it provides a blank slate for all players new and old alike. Players like Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay L...

Should the Red Wings Sign Daniel Alfredsson?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Much to the disappointment of his grand plan - Alfie didn't win a cup by signing with the Red Wings in July 2013 for one year. He did record a respectable season, with 18 goals, and 49 points in only 68 games.