A terrible accident has ended in the death of an NCAA referee.
According to a report from the Denver Post referee Oliver "Butch" Mousseaux has died as a result of the injury he suffered a week ago during a match up between Michigan Tech and Ferris State. Mousseaux was reportedly on the ice for warm ups when he lost an edge, fell to the ice, and hit his head. Mousseaux, who wasn't wearing a helmet when he hit his head, was taken to hospital immediately, as he began bleeding from his ears and unfortunately eventually suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage on Friday.
By all accounts Mousseaux was an incredible individual who always had a smile and was liked even by the players in the games he called. His friend University of Denver radio broadcaster Jay Stickney echoed those sentiments.
"No matter what was going on around him he always seemed to have a smile," Stickney said. "I don't think I'll ever find a person say a bad thing about Butch. He always had a smile and he made you feel good when you saw him."
"He loved hockey. Loved being a referee. I don't even think you can find a player who didn't like him."'
Our thoughts are with the Mousseaux family at this time, Butch was a young man, only 48 years old, he leaves behind both his parents, his wife, his three children, and four siblings. Butch's legacy will also live on in the Hockey Hall of Fame where his NHL jersey is enshrined as the first, and only native american to ever officiate an NHL game.