Referees and linesmen in the ECHL will be wearing a tribute to referee Butch Mousseau beginning this weekend and running through the Kelly Cup Playoffs. All league officials’ helmets will be adorned with a ‘Butchy’ decal in memorial of the long-time referee who passed away after an on-ice fall.
From the ECHL:
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.
A moment of silence was held for Mousseaux prior to each ECHL game on Saturday, March 26.