Greg Kimmerly reached an officiating milestone this past week, having refereed 1,000 games in the NHL.

The 49-year-old Toronto native has been in the league for 18 years.  His first foray on to NHL ice was back on November 30, 1996, when he officiated a game between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

(Jaromir Jagr had three goals and an assist in that game, a 6-2 Pens win.  Jagr is the only player in that game still active in the NHL.)

From the NHL Officials Association:

The NHLOA would like to recognize the tremendous accomplishment of one of our fellow officials.

On Saturday March 22nd, Greg Kimmerly worked his 1000th NHL regular season game as a Referee as the Montreal Canadiens visited the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Air Canada Center. He was joined on the ice by Tom Kowal, Derek Amell and Anthony Sericolo.

Greg began his career on November 30th, 1996 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as the Penguins hosted the Boston Bruins. He was selected to work the 2006 All Star Game in Dallas, TX.

Now residing in Thornhill, Ontario, Greg was joined by friends and family on Saturday night.

We wish to congratulate Greg, his wife Deborah, his son Sean, and his daughter Danielle on all the hard work and sacrifice made over his career in order to reach this great milestone.

Congrats, Greg!  Here’s a high-five from Erik Cole: