SHI 2013 Tournament Honorary Chair - Bill McCreary
The SHI 2013 Tournament committee is pleased to announce that Bill McCreary, retired NHL referee, is the Honorary Chair for the tournament.
Bill McCreary had a 27 year NHL career officiating games from 1984-2011. He was born and continues to reside in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Here are some of Bill McCreary's officiating highlights:
- Refereed his first NHL game on Nov 3, 1984 in Washington, D.C.
- Officiated in the 1991 and 1994 Canada Cups.
- Refereed during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
- During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he officiated the men's hockey gold medal game won by Canada vs. USA by the score of 5-2.
- In 2007, he was selected to officiate the Stanley Cup Finals for the 13th year in a row.
- On February 16, 2008, he refereed his 1,500th NHL game in a match between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
- On December 22, 2009, he officiated when Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record with his 104th shutout.
- He was also selected as one of 13 NHL referees to officiate at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, including the Gold Medal Game.
- He officiated his last NHL game on April 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. between the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, a game won by the Capitals 5-4.
Bill will be attending the three day tournament in Kitchener, Ontario from March 14-16, 2013.