Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ECAC fines, reprimands Stewart

Paul Stewart, the ECAC Hockey league's director of officials, was reprimanded and fined by the by the league for his conduct last weekend, the ECAC announced today via press release.

According to the press release, the actions are the result of Stewart's conduct and comments while interacting with the media in the press box at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. during Saturday's Union-Colgate game.

Ken Schott, who covers Union hockey for the Schenectady Daily Gazette, witnessed the incident and referred to it as "ugly" while reporting it for his blog. He wrote that Stewart berated Jason Klump, a reporter for the website "College Hockey News" who had interviewed Stewart earlier in the day about officiating at the RPI-Cornell game that afternoon.

"I feared that (the confrontation) was going to get physical," Schott wrote.

The ECAC did not release the amount of the fine levied against Stewart, 56, who played and later refereed in the NHL until his retirement in 2003. He has worked as director of officials for the ECAC since 2007.


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