BORN AUGUST 28TH, 1967 in Sydney Australia, he is a homegrown player who first represented his country at the age of sixteen in the first National Youth Team in Japan in 1984, among teammates such as Claude LeGall, Andrew Petrie, Jarrod Scott, Murray Wand, Ross Carty, Glenn Grandy and Damian Holland. He played forward with the Macquarie Bears in the New South Wales Super League and won Goodall Cups representing New South Wales in 1996 and 1999. He represented Australia in nine consecutive senior World Championships between 1995 and 2004, winning a silver medal (1998) and four bronze (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004). He played a total of 38 games for Australia for 8 goals and 11 assists.
A foundation player of the AIHL with the Bears, he competed for the 10 seasons between 2000 and 2010, returning once more for the 2012 season. In his year out (2011), he played 10 games for the ECSL Sting, and then the USA Eagles in the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup in 2013. That same year he was assistant coach of the Sydney Bears. He won his third and fourth Goodall Cups with the Bears in 2002 and 2007 where he played 170 games for a total of 39 goals and 29 assists.
He played for the Sydney Hammerheads in 2013, Division II Champions against Swiss Selects in the Mega Ice Hockey 5’s tournament in Hong Kong, and the Kuala Lumpur Cobras in a tournament in Manilla in 2015. He is an accredited Level 1 Coach and in 2016 he was Head Coach of the Atoms at the Canterbury Ice Hockey Club where he also teaches power skating.
Ross Carpenter, 'Shumak, Paul (1967 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/bio_shumak.html, accessed online .