Tonight, AHL/NHL Referee Peter MacDougall will be working his first Regular NHL Season Game when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas TX.
He will be joined on the ice by fellow referee Tom Kowal while Darren Gibbs and Tim Nowak will be working the lines. MacDougall is from Lumsden, Sask. and he played hockey at the junior, college, and professional levels.
After playing junior in his home province, he was accepted to Canisius College in Buffalo where he would play four seasons. In his time at Canisius, he amassed 396 penalty minutes in 128 games played. After he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, he played two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League before focusing on becoming a referee.
Once becoming a ref, MacDougall went right back to the SPHL where he spent two years learning the craft in Columbus, Georgia. From there he graduated to the ECHL where he worked out of Indianapolis for one year. Last year, the 30-year-old worked 74 games in the AHL being based in Rochester, NY.
The NHLOA and its members would like to congratulate Peter on his first NHL game and wish him a long and successful career.