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Nhl Referees

The Ring's the Thing

Paul Stewart | Posted 05.07.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Back in 1977, I was in the office of Cincinnati Stingers owner Bill DeWitt, getting ready to sign my contract for the World Hockey Association team. I put down the pen for a moment and told Mr. DeWitt a story.

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 05.18.2015 | 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 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.

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.

Successful NHL Officiating: 5 Keys for Refs, 5 Keys for Linesmen

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.10.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Over the years, many aspiring hockey officials have asked me what I think the biggest keys are to being an effective referee or linesman. It is a subject that I have given constant thought to over the years, and I frequently discuss many of the key elements.

A Christmas Story: My Father's Greatest Gift

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.10.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

If I am half the man and father that Bill Stewart was, I will have been a success in my life. To my dad, being giving and kind wasn't something reserved for just the holiday season. However, the holidays were a perfect time to show even a little extra kindness and compassion.

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.

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.

Going to the D.O.Gs: Taking the Judgment Out of Delay of Game Rules

Paul Stewart | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Over the years, there have been numerous attempts by the game's powers that be to reduce the amount of criticism that officials get subjected to. You know what they say about where the road paved by good intentions often leads.

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.

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.

NHL Officials: Non-Canadians Virtually Need Not Apply

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.01.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

The NHL's officiating department has no inclination to reform the way it does things. They enjoy their virtual immunity from being held accountable, and aren't about to call attention to areas where they need to get with the times.