NHL referees suffer head trauma, too – but nobody’s talking about it

Paul Stewart enjoyed a storied career as an NHL referee, but kept quiet about the ringing in his ears that followed hard hits. Now he’s ready to talk, but concussion remains a taboo subject

The code. The code. The code. That’s all that mattered in those days. Maybe it’s all that matters still. Hockey has always been a referendum on intrepidness. Who’s a tough guy? Who is not?

Former NHL referee Paul Stewart can still hear the words thundering down from a boss when back trouble forced him to lug his gear through airports and train stations in a rolling travel bag rather than one thrown over his shoulder.

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