August 21, 2012

Stewart set to take on role as consultant for KHL

By Jesse Connolly

Former NHL referee Paul Stewart will be taking on a new venture in addition to his current role as director of officiating for ECAC Hockey.

It was announced Monday that the Dorchester, Mass., native has joined the Kontinental Hockey League as a consultant, and as advisor to KHL president Alexander Medvedev on judicial matters. Stewart will serve on the KHL judicial department and the disciplinary committee.

An on-ice referee in the National Hockey League from 1986 to 2003, Stewart was the first American-born official to referee 1,000 NHL games.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Stewart competed in ECAC Hockey from 1973-75. During his eight-year pro career as a player, the Bay State native played in 21 NHL games for the Quebec Nordiques, 65 contests in the WHA and suited up for a number of other minor-league clubs before entering the NHL’s trainee program to become a referee in 1983.

For more from NEHJ on Stewart’s tenure as an NHL ref and his thoughts on the pressure of officiating playoff games, click here

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.