Bobby Butler (ice hockey)

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Bobby Butler
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Born (1987-04-26) April 26, 1987 (age 29)
Marlborough, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Ottawa Senators
New Jersey Devils
Nashville Predators
Florida Panthers
Modo Hockey
Medveščak Zagreb
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Robert Butler (born April 26, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player. Butler is currently a member of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is a former member of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers and won the 2011 Calder Cup championship (American Hockey League) while with the Binghamton Senators.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Prior to enrolling at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Butler played three seasons with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2003–2006, and five seasons with Marlborough High School from 2000–2005, making the varsity team as an eighth-grader. During the 2004–05 season, he helped both his high school team and junior team to championship titles. At Marlborough High School (MHS), Butler recorded 284 points in 116 games as well as breaking the school's record in goals scored during his junior year, tallying 58 goals in 25 games. While at MHS, he played for his father, who coached the team for 25 years, retiring in 2011. Butler's MHS hockey point totals are celebrated in a prominent banner at the Navin Rink in Marlborough, which celebrates former MHS players that accumulated more than 100 points during their high school careers. Butler's MHS career point totals are displayed with other outstanding Marlboro High School hockey players such as Shawn O'Malley, Mark Cappadona, Doug Gibbs, and Russ McKinnon.

Butler capped a standout four-year college career by being named the New Hampshire Wildcats' co-captain and finishing second among all NCAA Division I players in goals in 2009 – 10, scoring 29 for UNH, earning him a nomination as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top U.S. college hockey player.[1] The Wildcats went 87–49–17 with him in the lineup and also qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four seasons that he was enrolled at the school. On March 24, 2010, Butler was recognized as the 58th recipient of the Walter Brown Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. He was also selected as Hockey East’s Player of the Year, an All-Hockey East First Team honoree, the Hockey East Player of the month for November, the Hockey East scoring champion, a Hockey East Three Stars Award winner and a 2010 Hockey Humanitarian nominee for his efforts in the community.[2] He recorded 61 goals, 60 assists and 88 penalty minutes over his four-year, 153-game collegiate career at New Hampshire.

Professional[edit]

On March 29, 2010, he signed a two year contract with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. He made his NHL debut with Ottawa on April 1 in a 4–3 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes.[3] After attending the 2010 training camp, Butler was assigned to the Binghamton Senators.

Butler scored his first NHL goal against Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers on February 12, 2011, and recorded his first assist in the same game, on a goal by Milan Michalek. After spending the remainder of the season in Ottawa and recording 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games, he was returned to Binghamton where he helped lead the club to a Calder Cup victory, notching 13 goals and 7 assists during the 23 game playoff. He is well-known by teammates and opposing players for his alluring catch phrase "That's Beast!" which he yells each time he scores a goal.

On July 14, 2011, he was rewarded for his solid 2010–11 season with a two-year, one-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. However, Butler responded with a much poorer 2011–12 season than expected, registering only 6 goals and 16 points in 56 games. As a result, in July 2012 the Senators placed Butler on waivers with the intent of buying out his contract.[4] On July 27, 2012, the Senators announced that his contract had been bought out, making Butler a free agent.

On August 9, 2012, Butler signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils organization.[5] With the 2012 NHL lockout in affect, he was directly assigned to AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils. Upon commencement of the shortened 2012–13 season, Butler was recalled to New Jersey and made his Devils debut against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 3, 2013. Butler scored his only goal with the Devils against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 9. After registering 2 points in 14 games with the Devils Butler was placed on waivers by the Devils and claimed by the Nashville Predators on March 4, 2013.[6]

On June 14, 2013 he was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for T.J. Brennan.

On July 15, 2015, Butler signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a two-year contract with Swedish club, Modo Hockey of the SHL.[7] However, he parted ways with Modo after one year and then headed to Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he started the 2016-17 campaign. In December 2016, after having played in 37 games (six goals, ten assists) for Zagreb, he transferred to fellow KHL outfit Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 13 1 3 4 0
2003–04 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 59 15 18 33 28
2004–05 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 49 18 14 32 36
2005–06 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 44 22 22 44 42 4 2 2 4 8
2006–07 University of New Hampshire HE 38 9 3 12 12
2007–08 University of New Hampshire HE 38 14 12 26 20
2008–09 University of New Hampshire HE 38 9 21 30 36
2009–10 University of New Hampshire HE 39 29 24 53 20
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 47 22 11 33 35 23 13 4 17 6
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 36 10 11 21 10
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 56 6 10 16 12 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 37 16 11 27 8
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 20 3 6 9 4
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 69 22 25 47 12
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 2 0 1 1 2
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 68 27 32 59 37
2015–16 Modo Hockey SHL 49 10 9 19 16
2016–17 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 37 6 10 16 10
NHL totals 130 20 29 49 28 3 0 0 0 0
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Sweden/Finland

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 3 1 4 2
Senior totals 8 3 1 4 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2008 [8]
All-Hockey East First Team 2009–10
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2009–10 [9]
Finalist Hobey Baker Award 2010
MVP AHL All-Star Classic 2011 [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love, Noah (March 29, 2010). "Senators sign NCAA standout Butler". NationalPost.com. National Post Inc. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Senators sign forward Bobby Butler". OttawaSenators.com. MarketWire. March 29, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Senators clinch playoff spot with shootout win". Sports Illustrated. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Sens place Butler on waivers". Canoe.ca. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Devils sign former Senators forward Butler to contract". The Sports Network. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Devils' Bobby Butler claimed off waivers by Nashville Predators". Nj.com. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Bobby Butler ready for two seasons in Modo" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  8. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Denver puts 3 on All-American Team". collegehockeynews.com. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. ^ "East earns 11–8 win in AHL All-Star Game". American Hockey League. February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brad Thiessen
Hockey East Player of the Year
2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Thompson
Preceded by
Brad Thiessen
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Thompson
Preceded by
Colin Wilson
James Marcou
Hockey East Scoring Champion
(with Gustav Nyquist)

2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Thompson