Longtime NHL referee Bryan Lewis was born in Alliston, Ontario. His first NHL experience came during the 1967-68 NHL season. During his officiating career, Lewis worked more than 1,000 games, 30 playoff games, and nine Stanley Cup Finals at the NHL level. In 1989, Lewis was named Director of Officiating, following the sudden death of his predecessor, John McCauley. Lewis understood the importance of officiating Stanley Cup games and the importance of not having a marginal or poor-quality penalty that could impact the game. In his role of Director of Officiating, from 1989 until 2000, Lewis managed a staff of more than 75 and administered to officiating needs and discipline in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL, and OUA Men’s Hockey.