Paul Stewart Retires
Monday, June 02, 2003
Long time NHL Referee Paul Stewart has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. Paul finishes his career as the first American born referee to work over 1000 NHL games. Paul, one of the most recognizable members of the NHLOA has had a colorful and interesting career in hockey. His hockey playing and officiating days has taken him from Dorchester Mass. to the University to Pennsylvania to Binghampton, New York, Quebec City and finally to his beloved New England home.
Paul will continue to contribute his expertise by assisting the NHL identify young officials and imparting his knowledge to up and coming minor league officials.
Any one lucky enough to have sat down with Paul can immediately sense his passion and zest for the hockey as well as his genuine interest in people. Paul, an avid historian and civil war and history buff has always been a sought after guest speaker and his involvement in many charities has helped countless people involved in and outside of the world of hockey.
Paul who successfully battled colon cancer in 1998, played in the NHL during the 1979-80 season for the Quebec Nordiques and then refereed his first NHL game as an injury replacement in 1986 and started full time during the 1987-88 season. Paul also worked the Canada Cup in 1987 and 1991.
Paul now looks forward to spending time with his young and growing family, his wife Lori and sons McCauley and Maxwell will keep him as busy as he has ever been.
Keep your eyes open for Paul in hockey rinks across North America, as he will be the one with the big smile, the engaging stories and of course, the crowd around him, always the crowd.
Good Luck Stewie, you will be missed but remembered in the dressing room, around the lunch table and of course, in all hockey fans hearts.