Like the 23 referees before him who’ve made it to the 1,000-games milestone, Mike Leggo’s road to the NHL has been a long one. The days of working early mornings in small-town arenas, progressing through junior leagues in BC, the WHL and OHL and on to professional leagues, like the ECHL, IHL and the American Hockey League, are all worth it once you sign an NHL contract.
Stepping on the ice to officiate your first NHL game is a dream come true for any aspiring official. Mike lived that dream on April 1, 1997, when the Boston Bruins played the Washington Capitals. On October 14th, Mike will officiate his 1,000th NHL game when the Edmonton Oilers will visit the Los Angeles Kings. Having the privilege of working with Mike will be Referee Brad Watson and Linemen Shane Heyer and Darren Gibbs.
Mike cites working the Nashville Predators–Pittsburgh Penguins games in Japan in 2000, the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas, the Premiere Series in Europe in 2010, the 2011 Heritage Classic in Calgary (vs. Montreal), numerous playoff assignments and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as a Referee representing the NHL as some of the highlights of his first 999 games. Through it all, Mike has always approached every game with passion and true professionalism.
Joining Mike in celebrating this milestone will be his wife, Nancy, and daughters, Mikah and Kielle, and many other family members and friends.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate Mike on this achievement and wish him many more.