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Win Some, Lose Some

Paul Stewart | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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.

Checks and Balances: Empathy for the Tough Guy

Paul Stewart | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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.

A Little Mental Clorox Does the Trick

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Winter Hockey Travel: 'It Snow Joke'

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.13.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Having been in this sport for 40 years and involved in officiating since the 1980s, I have been to a couple of funerals for guys who didn't make it to games while trying to fight the elements.

Attention to Detail in the NHL: Good Position in Transition

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.16.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

One of the things I look at when I observe officiating teams is how they handle transitions. This is every bit as important to good officiating work as puck support on the forecheck or backcheck is to playing winning hockey on the ice.

Working Through Injuries a Way of Life for Officials, Too

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey players are renowned for their ability to play through injuries that would sideline athletes in most other sports. Sometimes discretion really ought to be the better part of valor, but that's rarely been the "hockey way" of doing things.

Arbitres Sans Frontieres: The Glass Ceiling for NHL Francophone Officials

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.19.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

For American and Francophone officials in the NHL, there is still very much a glass ceiling. There are still subtle limits on the upper mobility even of the (still) relatively few who even get into the officiating rank-and-file.

From the Ice to the Stage: So You Think You Might Like to Go to the Show

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.12.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

One of the most frequently voiced claims my critics have thrown at me over the years is that I "thought I was the show" on the ice. That has always stuck in my craw because it was flat out false. People mistook my natural enthusiasm and assertiveness for showboating.

Make Haste, Make Mistakes: Officiating in the NHL

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.05.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

One of the biggest mistakes any official can make is being too hasty to make a call. It can happen to anyone, including a veteran, but this is a learning experience that almost everyone goes through in his or her career: When you make haste, you make mistakes.

The Montreal Factor: Fact or Fiction?

Paul Stewart | Posted 12.22.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

One of the great debates among NHL fans is whether certain referees tend to favor or go out of their way to penalize a specific team. Many fans think -- and some are truly convinced in their hearts -- that the officials are "out to get" their favorite team.

Before You Accuse, Learn the Rules

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

I can't tell you how many games I see over the course of a season where plays happen and the national and local announcers and in-studio hosts act like they are puzzled as to why certain calls get made the way they do or why penalties are meted out in specific ways.

Uncle Buck and Me

Paul Stewart | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Earlier this week, I was sitting at a hockey game in Matyshi, a suburb of Moscow. I was there to watch three young officials work a junior league game. I had just settled in to watch the start of the third period when my phone rang.

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.

Hockey Halls and Stalls of Fame

Paul Stewart | Posted 08.25.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Earlier this week, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its induction class of 2014. All of these gentlemen had careers worthy of induction. However, that does not mean I am a fan of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection process.

The Art and 'Science' of Hockey Officiating

Paul Stewart | Posted 07.14.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

When people complain about the "subpar" officiating in the NHL, I always tell them to look first at the coaching and instructions the officials receive. The NHL Rule Book is a messy, poorly written document.

NHL Referee Gets Nailed By Puck

Posted 02.05.2013 | Sports

An NHL official was in the wrong place at the wrong time during the Avalanche-Stars game on Monday night. Just a few minutes into the first period,...