Brad Meier celebrates 1000th NHL Game
Brad Meier officiated his 1000th NHL game last spring, but recently celebrated the milestone with a ceremony prior to the game between the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames.
SJHL helped prepare Brad Meier as an NHL official
Source (SJHL) Every young boy dreams of being in the NHL.
Most want to be on the ice scoring goals, but others are willing to take a non-conventional route. Brad Meier falls into the latter category.
The American-born, but Saskatoon raised, Meier recently officiated in his 1000th NHL game, but the road to get there has been a long one.
When Meier was just 12 years old he had finished a practise for the minor hockey team he played for and then followed his family across town to watch his younger brother play in a league game.
When the referee never showed up for that match, Meier went to the family car to fetch his skates and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Meier proceeded to officiate in the Saskatoon minor hockey system for a number of years before moving up to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Meier spent 12 years working games in the SJHL, mostly in the northern centres, and his dedication to his craft did not go unnoticed.
Meier then spent three years in the Western Hockey League before turning professional and on Oct. 23, 1999, he worked in his first NHL game when the Carolina Hurricanes faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Meier’s skills have warranted him to be assigned plum roles at the 1989 and 1998 Memorial Cup tournaments, the 1995 world junior championship, the 1998 world men’s championship in Norway in addition to two Olympic Games – 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Earlier this year the 48-year-old Meier, who was among the 2014 inductees into the SJHL Hall of Fame, reached the 1,000-game milestone at the NHL level and prior to a contest between the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames he was presented with a series of gifts while his wife Colleen, three children and parents watched from ice level.
The SJHL is a developmental league for more than just players and coaches. It provides a solid training ground for those wearing the stripes as well. Congratulations Brad for all of your accomplishments!
Click on the link below to watch Brad's ceremony:
The SHA would also like to congratulate Brad and his family on this milestone!