Brad Watson

NHL Official: 1993 to 2019

Birthplace: Regina, SK
Regular Season: 1393 Games (Referee)
Playoffs: 214 Games
Stanley Cup Finals: 8

Watson who was hired by the National Hockey League in the summer of 1993 under a minor league contract started his officiating journey at the age of 16 in small town rinks of Saskatchewan. His road to the NHL included stops in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL), the International Hockey League (IHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL). During his amateur journey, he was selected to work 2 Memorial Cups (1986 in Portland, OR as a linesman & 1992 in Seattle, WA as a referee), the 1989 World Junior Hockey Championship (Anchorage, AK), the 1991 Isvestia Cup in Russia representing Canada as a referee and the 1992 Spengler Cup (Davos, Switzerland). Before joining the National Hockey League under a minor league contract, Watson also spent 3 seasons in the defunct NHL trainee program traveling across North America working games in different professional and semi-professional hockey leagues. He would go on and work a total of 6 full seasons under contract before being promoted to a full-time NHL status in the summer of 1999. He made his NHL debut on March 7th, 1996 at the old Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh when the Ottawa Senators where in town to play the hometown Penguins.


First NHL Game

March 7, 1996

First Playoff Game

April 13, 2000

Final Game

March 23, 2019

1000th Game

January 21, 2014

All-Star Games

2008 -- Atlanta, GA Philips Arena January 27, 2008

Stanley Cup Finals









World Cups



2010 -- Vancouver WINTER OLYMPICS

Outdoor Games

2017 NHL 100 Classic

December 16, 2017
TD Place Stadium
Ottawa, ON

2017 Winter Classic

January 2, 2017
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO

2016 Stadium Series

February 27, 2016
Coors Field
Denver, CO

2014 Stadium Series

January 25, 2014
Dodger Stadium
Los Angelas, CA

Featured Articles

November 27, 2018

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