NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Paul Stewart features a very big goal for the upcoming stage of the lengthy hockey career, and that’s helping women follow in his footsteps from officiating in the NHL.
Stewart, being inducted Wednesday night in to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, said Katie Guay will be running the upcoming Beanpot tournament in Boston after having a formal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“I want to see somebody break that glass ceiling,” Stewart explained. “It will not require an X or Y chromosome to set your arm into the air and call a punishment. It takes guts and brains. And that’s it. My second goal is always to have lots of girls that are great officiating.”
Stewart joined David Poile, general director of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, three-time Olympic medalist and U.S. national team captain Natalie Darwitz, former Michigan coach Red Berenson and the late Leland”Hago” Harrington in being spat.
Darwitz, who now coaches Division III Hamline in St. Paul, Minnesota, said girls being officers in the NHL is potential. She said she couldn’t take a puck like a man or skate rather fast but believes women could be referees. She said Guay and Kristine Langley, who’s now a man for men’s games at the diii degree.
“Should you know the game well enough, then there is certainly a enormous possibility that can happen in the future,” Darwitz said. “And I would really like to see that”
Five women took part in the officiating of the NHL unite in Buffalo in August, one more. Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, told The Associated Press in September that the match is open to anyone testing themselves at the combine and the swimming pool keeps growing with an increase of women playing hockey.
Exactly what the NHL is looking for in officials relates to men as well as women. Walkom said qualities needed include having an exemplary skater to continue with the pace of play, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the AP being as qualified as other candidates is your secret.
“I really don’t view any limitations within our ability to continue to attract knowledgeable, smart, hardworking professionals, if they’re female or male,” Bettman said.
He joked he felt as if he’d had an onion into his face daily.
“You’ve seen a side of me maybe not really a lot of players saw,” Stewart explained. “I used to produce them shout.”
The induction service was a sellout event Wednesday night in a hotel a couple blocks from the Predators’ arena because of Poile, the man who built Nashville’s NHL franchise from the bottom up as an expansion franchise. Poile, the NHL’s longest-tenured and also winningest overall director, now is in his 37th right season after spending his original 15 with Washington.
Poile also was general director of those 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s team and associate general director for the 2010 team that won silver from Vancouver.
“I’m a blessed man,” Poile said. “I was born in to a hockey family, therefore I have no regrets, and I have no complaints”
Being inducted within exactly the same year that the U.S. women won Olympic gold to the very first time in 20 years left this even more special to Darwitz. The youngest player named for the U.S. women’s national team in 15, she wound up captain of their U.S. women’s national team from 2007 to 2010 and won Olympic silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006.
Darwitz said people now know about women’s hockey.
“Hopefully in 10 decades or less than another female getting inducted, plus they’re like,’Oh, I realize that name,’ and it is really a household name versus many Minnesotans know my name,” Darwitz said. “They might not know my name in Nashville or even Michigan, but if they follow women’s hockey they undoubtedly know my name. Hopefully that trend remains in women’s hockey”