Bill refereed his first game in 1984 in Landover, Maryland in a Washington Capitals game. It was the start of a legendary refereeing career that saw him work the 1998 Winter Olympics and 15 Stanley Cup Finals. In Salt Lake City, Bill refereed the Gold Medal Game between Team USA and Canada.
He refereed his 1,500th NHL game in a Toronto vs Boston game and also was invited to referee the 2010 Winter Olympics as well. He does have some history with the New Jersey Devils as McCreary was reffing when Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuk‘s record of 103 shutouts.
Bill’s last season in the NHL was in 2010-11 and ended his career right where it started: reffing a Capitals game. On April 2nd, 2011 the Capitals beat the Sabers in what would be Bill’s last game.
With over 1,700 games, 282 playoff games, 1 All-Star Game, and 13 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals selections, Bill was a clear choice in the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
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