Published: October 21, 2017
This afternoon at 1PM, Philadelphia native referee Ian Walsh will be celebrating his 1,000th NHL Regular Season Game in Philadelphia PA when the Edmonton Oilers will play the hometown Flyers. Walsh who worked his official 1,000th game last week will be joined on the ice for this milestone by fellow referee Chris Rooney while Brad Kovachik and Tony Sericolo will handle the lines.
Walsh who started officiating at the age of 15 in local rinks around his hometown of Philadelphia, is a proud alumnus of the USA Hockey Development Program. His officiating journey had him work his way up to the NHL by skating first in the USHL, CHL and ECHL. He joined the defunct NHL Trainee Program in 1996 where he was assigned to work games all around North America, blowing his whistle in the East Coast Hockey League, the International Hockey League (IHL), all three Canadian Major Junior League (WHL, OHL & QJMHL) and to top it off the American Hockey League (AHL). Walsh was hired under a minor league referee contract in the summer of 1999 after spending three year in the NHL Trainee Program. He worked his first NHL Regular Season Game on October 14th, 2000 in New Jersey at the old Continental Airlines Arena when the Anaheim Ducks visited the hometown Devils. Along the way, Ian worked two NHL Outdoor Games, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville TN and made his NHL Playoffs debut on April 16th 2009 in Detroit (Blue Jackets vs Red Wings) making him the second official from the Atlantic District, after NHLOA Alumni Linesman Pat Dapuzzo, to be selected to work the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ian is married to his wife Margo and has a son named Clarke. The PA native now calls home Portland, OR.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate referee Ian Walsh for this milestone and wish him good luck in the upcoming season.