The ECHL and its member teams mourn the loss and express their condolences to the family and friends of linesman Butch Mousseaux, who tragically passed away on Friday after sustaining injuries at a collegiate hockey game in Grand Rapids, Mich. last week.
Mousseaux had been an ECHL official since the 1999-2000 season, working over 300 games, while also serving as a collegiate referee. He was a full-time WCHA referee for 16 seasons, beginning with the 2003-04 campaign; and, a part-time official in the NCHC since the league’s inception in 2013-14. He was also a USA Hockey official since 1998, and also had assignments in the American Hockey League and Central Hockey League. As the first Native American to work a game at the top level of the sport, Mousseaux’s National Hockey League officials’ sweater and skates are in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Mousseaux is survived by his wife, Macaire; their three beautiful children Sam (SJ), Abbie and Olivia; his parents Oliver and Mary; sisters, Beth and Fran; and his brothers, Charlie and Joey.
A moment of silence will be held for Mousseaux prior to each ECHL game on Saturday.