EDINA, Minn. – In memoriam of the late Oliver “Butch” Mousseau, the men’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will retire his officials’ jersey number 12, while on-ice officials will wear a specially-designed “12” sticker on their helmets throughout the 2016-17 season.
“Butch Mousseau will forever be in our hearts and minds,” said WCHA Supervisor of Officials Greg Shepherd. “Nobody wore the officials’ jersey with more pride and love for the game than Butch. It is only fitting that the number 12 be forever retired in his honor.”
While not mandatory, some WCHA schools will be memorializing Mousseau by placing the number 12 in the referees’ circle on their home ice.
“The WCHA is, and always will be, a better league because of Butch’s involvement,” commented WCHA President and Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson. “His legacy is one of the utmost professionalism, a truly infectious positivity and an ever-present smile that we would all do well to replicate. It is our hope that these small gestures are a reminder to us all of how lucky we are to have had Butch in our lives.”
The WCHA opens its 2016-17 season this weekend, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, as Ferris State hosts Alabama Huntsville in the league opener, Michigan Tech visits Minnesota Duluth in nonconference action and six teams host exhibition contests (Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, Bowling Green, Lake Superior State, Minnesota State and Northern Michigan).