The United States Premier Hockey League is deeply saddened by the passing of Wes Tuttle, who died unexpectedly at his home on Sept. 19 at the age of 62.
Tuttle was the first and only General Manager of the 10-sheet New England Sports Center (NESC) since it opened in 1994. He was also a longtime Head Coach in the Minuteman Flames youth organization, which makes its home at the NESC. In addition, Tuttle was a regular contributor to Massachusetts Hockey, and was the Director of District 8 in the state.
Tuttle was also a great supporter of USPHL hockey, working closely with the Boston Junior Bruins, who make their home at NESC. He was always a great help in setting up USPHL events, specifically the annual Winter Showcase in January.
“Anybody involved in the game of hockey in the last 30 years in this area knows Wes,” said John Butler, NCDC Junior Bruins Asst. Coach, to the WickedLocal.com news Service. Butler was a close friend of Tuttle’s. “He touched so many people, so many kids. He loved the game, he respected the game. Anybody who knew him, knew he would do anything for anybody.
“He was a good person who cared about people,” Butler added. “If you just met him today and called him tomorrow to ask for a favor, he’d spend that day taking care of it until he helped you.”
Wes Tuttle was the Heart and Soul of the New England Sports Center and his impact on the sport and on people extended far beyond the doors of the region’s largest hockey facility.
The USPHL extends its sincerest condolences to his wife, Mary Jo - also a longtime NESC employee - his son Ryan, daughter Katie, and Wes and Mary Jo’s grandchildren.