Brad Watson (referee)
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Brad Watson Referee

Brad Watson (born October 4, 1961 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a retired National Hockey League referee, who wore uniform number 23. As of the end of the 2007-08 NHL season, he has officiated 542 regular season games and 62 playoff games. He officiated on December 8, 2009 when Martin Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record with his 103rd shutout.[1] He has officiated the 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Stanley Cup finals.[2]

Brad officiated in his 1,000th NHL game at Pepsi Center in Denver on January 21, 2014. The game was between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche.[3]

On May 3, 2015, Montreal Canadiens player Brandon Prust accused Brad Watson of insulting him after he took a roughing call in the first period.[4] Prust later apologized for the accusations.[5]

Watson retired after the 2018-2019 season.


  1. ^ The Newark Star Ledger, December 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Featured Officials". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Brad Watson Referees 1000th NHL Game". January 22, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Kelsey Patterson. "Canadiens' Prust alleges ref Brad Watson insulted him in Game 2 against Lightning". Montreal Gazette. The Canadian Press.
  5. ^ "Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes for publicly ripping ref Brad Watson".

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