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DINOS BUTLER HUSKY WHL GRAD OF THE MONTH
 

EDMONTON - The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Western Hockey League proudly announce that University of Calgary goaltender and now three-time monthly winner Dustin Butler as the March 2012 Canada West men’s hockey Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month.

Each monthly winner throughout the season receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag.

During March, Butler posted a 3-2 record with a .936 save percentage over five playoff games. The Calgary native stopped 162 of 173 shots in 359:28 of ice time, earning First and Second Star once each, Third Star on two occasions.

In the best-of-three Canada West semifinals, Butler led the fourth-place Dinos to an upset of the first-place Manitoba Bisons in two games with a 2-1 win in Game 1 and a 4-3 overtime decision in Game 2. To begin the league final at Rutherford Rink in Saskatoon on March 9, Butler blocked 32 of 33 Huskies, claiming First Star in a 2-1 overtime victory. Game 2 was a 4-1 defeat, setting up Game 3, where Butler did all he could in a 2-1 triple-overtime loss to the hometown Huskies. The fourth-year Dino made 40 saves on the night as Calgary was eliminated in its bid to qualify for the 2012 University Cup at UNB in Fredericton.

For his four-year Canada West / Canadian Interuniversity Sport career, the 2010-11 CIS Goaltender of the Year has played 82 regular season games, with a 41-30-5 record, five shutouts and a 2.44 goals against average. For the post-season he is 7-6 in 14 games, with one shutout and a 2.35 GAA.

In November it was announced that Butler was one of 300 former WHL players across Canada to be recognized as a 2011-12 WHL Scholarship recipients.

The 24-year-old Arts major is the 25th monthly winner from the Dinos and first three-time winner from the University of Calgary. Butler also won monthly honours in February and November of 2010, making him one of just seven Canada West students-athletes to win the award three times during its 23-year history.

A former goalie for the Portland Winter Hawks (2003-07), Kamloops Blazers (2006-07) and the Prince Albert Raiders (2007-08), Butler amassed a WHL record of 87-78-12, with a 3.00 GAA and 15 shutouts in 192 regular season games over five seasons. He also appeared in five post-season contests.

Dustin Butler’s career statistics, courtesy www.hockeydb.com and the WHL Network:

Regular Season

GP

MP

W

L

OL/SL

Avg

SO

GA

Saves

Sv%

2003-04

Portland

WHL

14

736

6

4

1

3.10

2

38

280

.881

2004-05

Portland

WHL

42

2399

17

17

3

2.80

4

112

993

.899

2005-06

Portland

WHL

33

1762

14

12

3

3.23

0

95

827

.897

2006-07

Portland

WHL

1

60

0

1

0

9.00

0

9

36

.800

2006-07

Kamloops

WHL

54

3161

33

19

2

2.81

7

148

1076

.879

 

2007-08

Prince Albert

WHL

48

2688

17

25

3

3.08

2

138

1311

.905

2008-09

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

14

722

3

9

0

3.16

0

38

318

.893

2009-10

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

25

1450

12

9

2

2.61

0

63

600

.905

2010-11

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

21

1187

13

5

2

2.12

2

42

528

.926

2011-12

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

22

1236

13

7

1

2.14

3

44

431

.907

CWUAA Totals

82

4595

41

30

5

2.44

5

187

1877

.909

WHL Totals

192

10806

87

78

12

3.00

 

540

4523

.893

 

Playoffs

GP

MP

W

L

Avg

SO

GA

Saves

Sv%

2006

Portland

WHL

1

20

0

0

3.00

0

1

12

.923

2007

Portland

WHL

4

251

0

4

3.82

0

16

101

.863

2010

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

1

58

0

1

4.11

0

4

25

.862

2011

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

5

265

2

2

2.72

0

12

126

.913

2012

Calgary Dinos

CWUAA

8

519

5

3

1.96

1

17

213

.926

CWUAA Totals

14

842

7

6

2.35

1

33

364

.917

WHL Totals

5

271

0

4

3.76

0

17

113

.869

 

Western Hockey League teammates included former Team Canada World Junior star and current Philadelphia Flyer Braydon Coburn, who went to the Stanley Cup final in 2011, New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky, Minnesota Wild forward Matt Kassian, along with 2011-12 Dinos teammates Reid Jorgensen and Brock Nixon.

Other nominees for this month’s honour were Kyle Ross of the Canada West champion Saskatchewan Huskies and CIS Goaltender of the Year, Alberta’s Réal Cyr.

“HUSKY, proud sponsor of the WHL Education Program & the Canada West men’s hockey Graduate of the Month”

Calgary’s Dustin Butler in March 2012

Date                 Opponent                          Result              Min         Sh-Sv      Pct.              Notes

March 2                at Manitoba                     W,2-1               60:00         33-32     .970              2nd Star

March 3                at Manitoba                     W,4-3 (OT)      66:39        32-29      .906               3rd Star

March 9                at Saskatchewan              W,2-1 (OT)      66:16        33-32       .970             1st Star

March 10              at Saskatchewan               L,4-1               60:00         33-29      .879

March 11              at Saskatchewan               L,2-1 (3 OT)   106:33       42-40       .952            3rd Star

TOTALS                                                    3-2                    359:28      173-162   .936     1st , 2nd, 2x3rd Star

University of Calgary “HUSKY-WHL GRADUATE OF THE MONTH” winners:

CALGARY (25)           NO.                        MONTHS

Dustin Butler (G)               3  Feb. 10, Nov. 10, Mar. 12

Tracey Katelnikoff (F)        2               Feb. 94, Mar. 95

Jason Krywulak (F)            2               Nov. 95, Oct. 97

Reid Jorgensen (F)             2                Feb. 08, Feb. 11

Mark Fioretti (F)                1                             Jan. 90

Peter Fry (G)                     1                            Feb. 90

Wayne Hynes (F)               1                             Oct. 90

Todd Sceviour (F)              1                            Dec. 91

Jaret Burgoyne (G)             1                             Jan. 93

Sean Krakiwsky (F)            1                             Jan. 94

Trevor Couldwell (F)          1                            Mar. 96

Mark Dawkins (G)              1                             Jan. 97

Eric Schneider (F)              1                            Feb. 99

Ron Grimard (F)                1                            Feb. 00

Aaron Baker (G)                1                            Feb. 01

Scott Rideout (G)               1                            Nov. 01

Wade Davis (F)                  1                            Feb. 05

Jarret Lukin (F)                  1                            Nov. 05

Jared Aulin (F)                  1                             Jan. 08

Brock Nixon (F)                 1                            Feb. 12

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association

Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

A proud member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

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