Sven Butenschön

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Sven Butenschön
Born (1976-03-22) March 22, 1976 (age 39)
Itzehoe, West Germany
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Adler Mannheim
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
National team  Germany
NHL Draft 57th overall, 1994
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1997–present

Sven Butenschön (born March 22, 1976) is a German-Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who has spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League. He is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent who most recently played for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Playing career[edit]

Butenschön played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, and was drafted 57th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After two more seasons in Brandon, he turned pro in 1996 and spent his entire first professional season in the AHL with the Cleveland Lumberjacks.

Butenschön would spend five seasons in the Penguins organization, during which time he was usually the first callup from the farm when injuries hit, but was never able to establish himself as a regular. He made his NHL debut in 1997–98 campaign, appearing in 8 games for the Penguins without recording a point, and saw action in Pittsburgh in each of the next four seasons, including a high of 17 games in 1998–99. Primarily a defensive defender, he surprised with a big offensive season in the minors in 1999–2000, as he registered 19 goals and 40 points for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

At the trade deadline near the end of the 2000–01 season, Butenschön was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers, and appeared in 7 games with the Oilers late in the season, recording his first NHL goal. However, he found himself back in the AHL for 2001–02, appearing in just 14 games for the Oilers.

In the summer of 2002, Butenschön was traded to the New York Islanders, where he would have the most successful portion of his career. In 2002–03, he played in a career-high 37 games for the Islanders, recording 4 assists. In 2003–04, he spent virtually the entire season in the NHL as the Islanders' 7th defender, playing in 41 games and recording 1 goal and 6 assists for a career high 7 points.

Butenschön signed with Adler Mannheim in the DEL during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, recording 1 goal and 6 points in 50 games. For 2005–06, he returned to North America, signing a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks. He enjoyed another fine season in the AHL, scoring 15 goals and 37 points for the Manitoba Moose, and appeared in 8 games for Vancouver.[1]

Butenschön returned to Adler Mannheim when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2006, and recorded 3 goals and 6 points for the Eagles in 2006–07.

After 5 seasons in Mannheim, Butenschön signed a one-year deal with fellow German team, Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers on May 16, 2011.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 3 19 22 51 4 0 0 0 6
1994–95 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 21 1 5 6 44 18 1 2 3 11
1995–96 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 4 37 41 99 19 1 12 13 18
1996–97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 75 3 12 15 68 10 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 14 23 37 66 5 1 2 3 0
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 0 0 6
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 0 0 6
1998–99 Houston Aeros IHL 57 1 4 5 81
1999–00 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 19 21 40 101
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 55 7 28 35 85
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 1 1 2 2
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 61 9 35 44 88
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 36 3 13 16 58 9 3 6 9 6
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 37 0 4 4 26
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 41 1 6 7 30 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 5 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Adler Mannheim DEL 50 1 5 6 54 14 0 1 1 16
2005–06 Manitoba Moose AHL 60 15 22 37 30 13 0 6 6 12
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 0 0 10
2006–07 Adler Mannheim DEL 42 3 3 6 34 11 1 3 4 12
2007–08 Adler Mannheim DEL 54 0 6 6 42 5 1 1 2 6
2008–09 Adler Mannheim DEL 49 2 7 9 44 9 1 0 1 32
2009–10 Adler Mannheim DEL 53 1 12 13 65 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Adler Mannheim DEL 33 1 0 1 22 6 0 2 2 0
2011–12 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 49 6 6 12 26
2012–13 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 50 2 1 3 64 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 140 2 12 14 86 4 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Germany WC 15th 6 0 2 2 2
2010 Germany OG 11th 4 0 0 0 2
2010 Germany WC 4th 7 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 17 0 2 2 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohlund, Salo both injured during Olympics". ESPN. 2006-02-27. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Ice Tigers sign Sven Butenschön" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 

Transactions[edit]

  • On July 9, 2002 the Florida Panthers signed unrestricted free agent Sven Butenschön.
  • On August 2, 2004 the Adler Mannheim signed free agent Sven Butenschön.
  • On August 22, 2005 the Vancouver Canucks signed unrestricted free agent Sven Butenschön.
  • On June 19, 2006 the Adler Mannheim signed free agent Sven Butenschön.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Slaney
Stephen Leach
Tyler Wright
Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2000-01
(shared with)
John Slaney
Succeeded by
Jason MacDonald