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.
Hall of Fame Referee Paul Stewart Asks: “Ya Wanna Go?”
Hall of Fame Referee Paul Stewart Releases Autobiographical Memoir “Ya Wanna Go?” Worldwide
November 16, 2018
BOSTON, MA, November 16, 2018—Paul Stewart, legendary National Hockey League player and referee, and U.S Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, released today his long-anticipated autobiographical memoir, “Ya Wanna Go?” (published by Forthright Press). Though hockey is Stewart’s lifeblood, his story transcends sports: it is a story about finding the will and the courage to fight for what you love. “Ya Wanna Go” invites readers to join Stewart on the turbulent journey through his life.
For Stewart, the phrase “Ya Wanna Go?” has had many meanings. From the invitation of his father to a 5-year old Stewart to join him at the Boston Arena to watch him coach, to standing toe-to-toe with some of hockey’s most notorious tough guys to engage in fisticuffs, to following the twists and turns along the roller coaster of life after his cancer diagnosis, Stewart’s life and career had its ups and downs. Through it all, by remaining true to himself and putting his love for the game ahead of everything else, he’s come out on top....CLICK TO READ MORE
Stewy The Subject of a New Children's Book About the Magic of Christmas
October, 27 2018
NEWTOWN, PA, October 27, 2018—Do you remember that magical time in childhood when dreams came true and everything was possible? For some, those days are distant memories. For 9-year old writer Matthew Sherman, as a newly minted author, those days are now.
Inspired by the true-life story of NHL legend Paul Stewart, “A Magical Christmas for Paul Stewart” tells a timeless story through the eyes of a child. Matthew recounts “Stewy’s” story of the skates that would take him everywhere—from skating in circles at the local rink all of the way to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, where Stewart is an inductee in the Class of 2018. A first year “squirt” hockey player himself, Matthew heard Paul’s story on NPR last year and innately understood, as only a child can, that the magic of Christmas and the holiday season-- and that one special gift-- can truly change your life. Matthew set out to share Paul’s story with a wider audience, finding an extraordinary collaboration with local artist and high school junior Chloe Mako. His prose is charmingly straightforward and her whimsical watercolor illustrations bring to life the magic of the story. “A Magical Christmas for Paul Stewart”is the first published work for both author and illustrator...CLICK TO READ MORE
Stewart Selected for Induction to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
August 9, 2018
The US Hockey Hall of Fame announced today the Class of 2018 inductees, including legendary National Hockey League player and referee, Paul Stewart. Stewart is legendary for his roles in both breaking the rules and enforcing them. In his first season as a player, dressing for 46 professional games, Stewart collected 44 major fighting penalties and 273 total penalty minutes. It seemed that Paul was the reason they had to have a referee. It came, then, as a surprise to some eventually to find Stewart dispensing the penalties instead of collecting them. Officiating his first NHL game on March 27, 1986, Stewart to become the first American-born referee to officiate 1,000 games in the NHL during the course of a 17-year career in officiating. Most remarkable, Stewart did so despite suffering from the symptoms of and treatment for advanced colon cancer. His triumphant return to the ice was nothing short of miraculous....CLICK TO READ MORE