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Paul Stewart's Archive

Scheifele Suspension Was Based on Outcome and Appeasement

June 4, 2021 - 1:15 PM ET

I know this opinion is in the minority, and that's fine: I saw no ill-intent on Mark Scheifele's hit on Jake Evans late in Game One of the playoff series between the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens. What I saw was a desperation attempt to deliver a body-check to knock Evans off the puck before...

The Salmon and the Bears

June 14, 2021 - 12:25 PM ET

Many people have asked me to state my opinion on the officiating in the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially around here in Boston following the Bruins recent East Division series loss to the New York Islanders. It's a yearly rite. Did the salmon not swim upstream around the time the NHL playoffs hap...

There's Always Room for Jello

June 22, 2021 - 9:48 AM ET

Everyone asks what I think of this year's officiating in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. What am I supposed to think? The officiating business has to be treated like any discipline in any job or company. The only way to ensure the quality of Officiating in Hockey or in business or any sport is...