Oliver “Butch” Mousseau, was loved by everyone he touched. This gentle giant with an inviting smile and heart of gold was as good as they get. Butch tragically passed away in March of 2016 after falling in the warm-ups of an NCAA playoff game. Butch will be dearly missed by all and has left a large void in the officiating and hockey community alike. In an incredible outpouring of love from the entire hockey community, Macaire (Butch’s widow) accepted Dawg Nation’s largest check ever prior to the beginning of the annual Survivor Game.
Butch, a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe, was the first and only Native American to referee an NHL hockey game. His skates and sweater can be seen in the NHL Hall of Fame today.
From Macaire Mousseau