First American Indian National Hockey League Official Dies Of Head Injury Sustained at Hockey Tournament

Oliver "Butch" Mousseau

Oliver “Butch” Mousseau

Published April 1, 2016

BOULDER, COLORADO–Oliver Phillip Mousseau, Jr., affectionately nicknamed “Butch”, passed away on March 25, 2016 at the age of 48 years old, after he sustained a traumatic head injury in Grand Rapids, Michigan at a hockey tournament on March 18, 2016.

His twenty-year ice hockey officiating career began in 1998 which lead him to work throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. Butch was honored by the NHL Hall of Fame for being the first American Indian NHL official.

His phenomenal passion for the game included his special interest in mentoring aspiring hockey referees as an instructor through USA Hockey training camps.

Butch is survived by his wife, Macaire (McNamee) Mousseau and their three children, Samuel James Oliver, Abigail Kateri, and Olivia Luta (Erie, CO): his parents, Oliver and Mary (Kitto) Mousseau (Allen, SD); his sisters, Francine Mousseau (Rapid City, SD) and Elizabeth Youman (Boulder, CO); his brothers, Charles Mousseau (Allen, SD) and Richard Joseph Mousseau (Box Elder, SD).

A funeral service will be held in Boulder, Colorado today, Friday, April 1, 2016 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

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