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3 U S A H O C K E Y N E W S , P E O P L E & P R O G R A M S O F F THE D R AW PHOTOS BY Getty Images NOVEMBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 11 N O STRANGER TO MAK- ING CALLS on the ice, Paul Stewart was at a loss for words when he received a very special call this summer. The person on the other end of the line informed the legendary NHL official that he was being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018 during induction ceremonies set for Dec. 12 in Nashville, Tenn. He will be joined by U.S. Olympian Natalie Darwitz, hockey pioneer Leland "Hago" Harrington, legend- ary collegiate coach Red Berenson and long-time NHL general manag- er David Poile. "I was both speechless and hum- bled," Stewart said. Over the course of 20 years wear- ing stripes, including 17 in the NHL, the Dorchester, Mass., native became one of the most respected referees in the game. The only American to ever play and officiate in the NHL, Stewart found his calling on the side of law and order, working more than 1,000 NHL regular-season games. He also called 49 playoff games, the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup series and two NHL All-Star Games. He was the first American-born referee to reach the 1,000-game mark, a feat that was magnified by his battle with stage 3 colon can- cer. As he did throughout his hockey career, Stewart met the challenge with courage and conviction, finally returning to the ice in November 1998 while still undergoing chemo- therapy treatment. The health scare prompted Stewart to serve as an ambassador for the Hockey Fights Cancer cam- paign, as well as the director of the Bill Stewart Foundation, aimed at helping inner city youth sports. The 65-year-old is currently the director of of ficiating for ECAC Hockey. Stewart takes great pride in the fact that the ECAC boasts the first woman to referee NCA A Div. I games on a regular basis in Katie Guay. Through his tenure with the whis- tle, to his time as the director of offi- ciating, to the perspective of play- ing, if anyone knows what it takes to stand out in stripes it's Stewart. "Acceptability is big," he said. "You have to be able to work with people, and communicate with them. It's important to relate with the coach- es and players and understand that they have a job to do as well." P – Jeff Carpenter CHANGING STRIPES After His Playing Days Were Done, Stewart Found His Calling As A Referee k Paul Stewart is among the five honorees being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December. Here are the other four: Red Berenson David Poile Natalie Darwitz Leland "Hago" Harrington The induction ceremony is slated for Dec. 12 in Nashville, Tenn.

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