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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Paul Stewart In Class of 2018

Stewart's Legacy In Hockey A Milestone, Not A Capstone 

December 12, 2018

 

NASHVILLE, TN, December 12, 2018— The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame held its annual induction dinner on December 12, 2018 in Nashville to celebrate its incoming class of 2018. Those inducted in this year's class include Gordon "Red" Berenson, David Poile, Leland "Hago" Harrison, Natalie Darwitz and Paul Stewart. 

An icon in the sport of hockey, Stewart addressed the sold-out audience sharing his unique perspective on the game with an eye to both the past and the future. Stewart's grandfather, Bill Stewart, Sr., was the first American coach to win a Stanley Cup and is himself an inductee in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Stewart spoke of his innate love for the game and for all of the many people who bolstered and supported his dual careers in the sport. Yet, even with an eye to the past, Stewart's message was one for future generations of hockey fans and players. Stewart observed that his induction did not mark the end of a career in hockey, but the beginning of a new purpose in furtherance of the sport he loves.

 

Stewart spoke of "rededicating" himself to the game with an entirely new goal: growing and developing the sport for generations to come. To make this happen, the sport must be made affordable, inclusive and accessible, regardless of skill level. He spoke of the importance of bringing women not only into the ranks of players, but also into the field of refereeing. He spoke of the need to bring hockey to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level, background or geography.

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