Brian Pochmara

NHLOA Member since 2002

Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Regular Season: 1,096 Games

Playoffs: 61 Games

* Game numbers updated as of Oct 1, 2023

Brian Pochmara

Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Pochmara started skating and playing hockey at the age of 4. He would go on and play until age 16 dressing up for different teams in the St.Clair Shores Hockey Association.

The former forward, made his officiating debut at the young age of 11 in that same hockey association. After several year of working all different levels of minor hockey that was available to him, Brian was hired in 1993 to work the North American Junior Hockey League (NAHL) as a linesman, a league he would work for a few years. He would continue wearing the striped jersey while attending Lake Superior University as a student in the Fire Science program (1994-98), working the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) from 1995 to 1999.

Right after his student years were over, “Pocho” decided to relocate to the city of Des Moines, Iowa to work the United States Hockey League (USHL) as a full time referee. He worked one season in the USHL and worked for a second year in a row the USA Hockey National Championships. His officiating success were noticed then and he was offered his first minor-pro contract as a full-time referee in the ECHL during the summer of 1999. He would work the ECHL for a total of 3 seasons, working the 2002 ECHL All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ and also being selected to work the prestigious Kelly’s Cup Finals that same season (2002). During his last season with the ECHL (2001-2002), Pochmara also worked a good share of American Hockey League (AHL) games.

The National Hockey League (NHL) recognized his potential the following summer (2002) offering him a full-time minor league referee contract at the age of 25.


First NHL Game

December 23, 2005

Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders

First Playoff Game

April 15, 2010

Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres

All-Star Games

2019 - SAN JOSE, CA

San Jose All Star Game

SAP Center
January 26, 2019

Outdoor Games

2014 Winter Classic

2014 Winter Classic

January 1, 2014

Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, MI

Detroit Redwings
Toronto Maple Leafs