One week after being critically injured in an on-ice fall during warm-ups of a WCHA Final Five semifinal game, official Butch Mousseaux passed away.
It’s with heavy hearts and much sadness to pass along the news of @WCHA_MHockey referee Butch Mousseaux’s passing today. He will be missed.— BGSUHockey.com (@BGSUHockeySite) March 25, 2016
Kevin Kelly, who spearheaded fundraising efforts for Mousseaux and family in the wake of the accident passed along this message via the 'Get Better Butchy' Facebook group:
A note from Kevin Kelly, who passed along the news of Butch’s passing to the Get Better Butchy Facebook group. pic.twitter.com/aPuGeuAWHS— BGSUHockey.com (@BGSUHockeySite) March 25, 2016
Mousseaux was a respected referee, but more importantly, a colorful, much-beloved personality, whose presence will be extremely missed in the world of college hockey. The outpouring of support and sharing of memories this past week from players, coaches, and anyone else that came into contact with him shows just how big of a loss this is for the college hockey community.