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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
10 overall by Vancouver Canucks
Born January 8, 1963
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WHL All-Star First Team: 1980-81 (Regina)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 3 overall prospect and No. 1 WHL prospect for the 1981 NHL draft. ... Was
youngest player on Regina (WHL) in 1978-79. ... Named to All-Star team at 1977
Kamloops International Bantam tournament. ... Attended Thom Collegiate High
School in Regina, Saskatchewan.
| Debut: January 7, 1982 (Vancouver at N.Y.
Numbers: 3, 5 (Vancouver); 5
(St. Louis); 55 (Quebec); 2 (Toronto)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired October 1995
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||VAN, STL, QUE, TOR||897
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||VAN, STL, TOR||50
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1993 (St. Louis) (injury replacement)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1982 (Vancouver)
Vancouver Hume Award (Unsung Hero):
Vancouver Most Valuable Teammate: 1986-87
Tracker Award (Most Aggressive): 1988-89
St. Louis Captain: Oct. 5, 1991, until Sept. 26, 1992
Vancouver Records: Most assists by a defenseman in one game (4 vs.
Toronto on Nov. 29, 1990)
St. Louis Records: Most games played in
one season (84 in 1992-93, shares record)
Vancouver Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1984-85 (152), 1985-86 (188), 1986-87
(207), 1987-88 (285), 1988-89 (227)
Vancouver Playoffs Penalty-Minutes
Leader: 1989 (22)
St. Louis Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1992-93
St. Louis Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1991 (54)
Miscellaneous: Called up to Vancouver for first NHL action on five-game
tryout contract in January 1982. ... Signed first NHL contract with Vancouver
on March 5, 1982. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with separated shoulder,
an injury suffered in October 1984. ... Left Vancouver in 1991 with franchise
record (since broken) for career penalty minutes (1,668). ... Missed remainder
of 1991-92 regular season and start of 1992 playoffs with broken left foot, an
injury suffered during St. Louis' March 7, 1992, game at Calgary. ... Played
in 1993 NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement for St. Louis teammate Jeff
Brown. ... Missed parts of 1993-94 season with bruised foot, an injury
suffered during St. Louis' Dec. 26, 1993, game vs. Tampa Bay, and with bruised
thigh, an injury suffered during Quebec's March 10, 1994, game vs. Montreal.
... Missed part of 1995 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during
Toronto's practice on March 12, 1995. ... Signed one-year termination contract
with Toronto in August 1995. ... Released by Toronto on Oct. 2, 1995. He was
unable to catch on with another team and chose to retire at age 32.
|Post-Draft Teams: Regina (WHL); Kamloops (WHL);
World Championships: 1992 (eighth place)
World Junior Championships: 1982
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHL All-Star First Team: 1981-82 (Regina)
Played on first Canadian team to win a gold medal at World Junior
Championships in 1982. ... Led all WHL defensemen with 92 points for Regina in 1981-82. ...
WHL rights traded by Kamloops to Nanaimo in exchange for Cliff Ronning
during 1982-83 season. ... Played on
Vancouver's off-season charity softball team. ... Worked as car salesman and
leasing agent in Vancouver during off-seasons of his playing days with
Canucks. ... Worked with Ronald McDonald Children's Charity while playing for
Toronto in 1995. ... Invested in Toronto restaurant and Langley, British
Columbia, real estate business after retirement. ... Relocated to off-season home in
Bellingham, Washington, after retirement and became director
of local youth hockey program. ... Became active in Oldtimers' charity hockey
after retirement. ... Helped Prince George (BCHL) by working as a part-time
instructor during 2002-03 season while his brother-in-law, Doug Morrison, was one of
team's assistant coaches.
Personal: Nicknamed "Strangler."
... Father of major-junior draft pick Matt Butcher. ... Brother-in-law of former NHL players Doug Morrison
and Mark Morrison, whose sister is Butcher's wife.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Vancouver traded Butcher and Dan Quinn
to St. Louis in exchange for Geoff Courtnall, Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso,
Cliff Ronning and 1992 fifth-round pick (Brian Loney) on March 5, 1991.||
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