NHLOA Member since 2002

Birthplace: Ottawa, ON

Regular Season: 1,251 Games (Linesman)

Playoffs: 65 Games

* Game numbers updated as of Sep 1, 2022

Derek Nansen

Nansen just like any Canadian kids of his era played hockey growing up and dreamt of playing in the NHL as a player. The Ottawa native and former forward played until the Junior level. While playing, he also started officiating at the early age of 11 in the Ottawa/Kanata region to earn a few bucks. At age 18, after working a total of 7 seasons in the different minor hockey leagues around Ottawa, he almost hung up his skates and whistle but his now deceased mother convinced him to stay around the game. This decision paid out four years later at age 22 when the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) hired him as a linesman, a league that Nansen would go and work for a total of 8 seasons. During his time with the OHL, Derek was also selected to work two major international tournaments; the 2001 World Championship that took place in Germany (Nuremburg, Cologne & Hanover) and the pretigious 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. His strong performance at the 2001 World Championship was rewarded by being selected to work the gold medal game. In the summer of 2001,Nansen hit another bump in the road when he was payed off from Nortel Networks as a result of the High tech industry crash. But a call from the NHL office came in that summer and he was asked if he would consider moving close to the Toronto area to do more OHL games the following season. He was also offered to work some American Hockey League (AHL) games in Hamilton, Ontario if he decided to make the move. Nansen, packed his bags without any hesitations and moved to Toronto just before the 2001-2002 hockey season. He worked both the OHL and AHL that year. Working more OHL games around the Toronto area and also being able to showcase your skills in the AHL also comes with big perks; being seeing by the NHL Officiating scouting people on a regular basis as their headquarters are in Toronto. That same season after he worked the 2002 Winter Olympics, Nansen was also selected by the OHL to work the 2002 CHL Memorial Cup in Guelph, Ontario and the Calder Cup Final. His hard work and strong on-ice performance were recognized that summer when former NHL Director of Officiating Andy Van Hellemond offered him a NHL Linesman contract.


First NHL Game

October 11, 2002

First Playoff Game

April 14, 2007

1000th Game

December 1, 2018

All-Star Games

2019 - SAN JOSE, CA

SAP Center
January 26, 2019


2002 Salt Lake City


Outdoor Games

2020 Winter Classic

January 1, 2020

Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, TX

2017 NHL 100 Classic

December 16, 2017

TD Place Stadium
Ottawa, ON

2014 Stadium Series

March 1, 2014

Soldier Field
Chicago, IL