NHLOA Member since 1997

Birthplace: Port Colborne, ON

Regular Season: 1,497 Games (Linesman)

Playoffs: 215 Games

Stanley Cup Finals: 8

* Game numbers updated as of May 1, 2022

Derek Amell

Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Amell started officiating when he was 21 and in his second year at the Durham College in Oshawa, Onatrio taking Chemical Engineering Technology. He used to play hockey with the referee assigner’s son and after running into him, his friend said that his dad was looking for referees. After talking to the assigner he ended up going to the next officiating clinic, got certified and was assigned to Novice out of Harman Arena and went from there. He moved up the ranks pretty quick due to his size and calm demeanor on the ice and in worked his first Ontario Hockey League (OHL) three years later game at the age of 24. He worked the OHL for four years as a linesman. On his fourth year, the Montreal Canadiens relocated their AHL team to Hamilton, Ontario creating a need for the AHL to form a staff of local linesmen in the area. Amell was selected along with five other Southern Ontario linesmen to work the games that year. That year he ended up working the OHL Finals and also got the chance to work the AHL Calder Cup Finals because the Hamilton Bulldogs made it to the Final! In the summer of 1997, the National Hockey League offered him a minor league contract (40-40) as a linesman splitting his duties between the AHL and the NHL. Amell worked his first NHL Regular Season game in Pittsburgh on October 11th, 1997 when the Carolina Hurricanes were in town to play the Penguins. His first playoff game came on April 18th, 2002 when the Montreal Canadiens visited the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter Arena. Amell worked the 2011 NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins played at the Pittsburgh Heinz Field on January 1st 2011 and also the 2017 Coors Light Stadium Series game in the same building in Pittsburgh between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Amell was a member of the officiating staff that went to Russia to work the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Amell was selected to work the Gold medal game with referees Kelly Sutherland, Brad Meier and linesman Greg Devorski. Amell has been voted by his peers in the summer of 2017 to serve on the NHLOA Executive.


First NHL Game

October 11, 1997

First Playoff Game

April 18, 2002

1000th Game

October 17, 2013

All-Star Games

2012 - OTTAWA, ON

Scotiabank Place –
January 29, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals

2020 Stanley Cup

2019 Stanley Cup

2018 Stanley Cup

2016 Stanley Cup

2015 Stanley Cup

2014 Stanley Cup

2012 Stanley Cup

2009 Stanley Cup


2016 World Cup of Hockey

Toronto, ON

2004 World Cup of Hockey


2014 SOCHI Olympics

Winter Olympics

Outdoor Games

2017 Stadium Series

February 25, 2017

Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, PA

2011 Winter Classic

January 1, 2011

Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, PA