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Will Butcher (born January 6, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Butcher was selected in the fifth round, 123rd overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Will Butcher
Born (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 24)
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team New Jersey Devils
National team  United States
NHL Draft 123rd overall, 2013
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2017–present

Playing careerEdit

Butcher played college hockey at the University of Denver from 2013 to 2017. For his play in the 2016–17 season, Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in men's college hockey.[2] He was also named a NCHC First-Team All-Star, NCHC Player of the Year, and NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year for 2016–17.[3] He helped Denver win the 2017 NCAA Championship.[4]

On August 27, 2017, as an NHL free agent, Butcher signed a two-year, entry-level maximum contract with the New Jersey Devils worth an annual base salary of $925,000.[5]

After participating in his first training camp with the Devils, Butcher made the Devils' opening night roster for the 2017–18 season.[6] In the Devils' home opener, Butcher made his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on October 7, 2017, a game in which he became the first Devils' player in franchise history to record three points in his debut, registering three assists on the power play in a 4–1 victory.[7]

On July 31, 2019, Butcher signed a three year extension with the Devils worth $11.2 million.

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World U18 Championships
  2012 Czech Republic
  2013 Russia

Butcher was named to the senior United States roster to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 2 0 2 2 0
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 31 2 8 10 4
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 26 3 10 13 2
2013–14 University of Denver NCHC 38 8 8 16 8
2014–15 University of Denver NCHC 38 4 14 18 8
2015–16 University of Denver NCHC 39 9 23 32 19
2016–17 University of Denver NCHC 43 7 30 37 18
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 5 39 44 8 5 1 3 4 0
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 4 26 30 18
NHL totals 159 9 65 74 26 5 1 3 4 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17   5 0 6 6 2
2012 United States WJC18   6 0 0 0 2
2013 United States WJC18   7 2 2 4 2
2014 United States WJC 5th 5 2 3 5 2
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2018 United States WC   10 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 28 4 12 16 8
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 0

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (April 8, 2017). "College hockey: Sun Prairie's Will Butcher becomes first Wisconsin-born player to win Hobey Baker Award". madison.com. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Will Butcher Named Best Player in College Hockey". news.du.edu. April 8, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ NCHC (March 16, 2017). "Denver, WMU Take Home Top Honors at 2017 NCHC Awards Celebration".
  4. ^ "Butcher Helps Denver Win NCAA Championship". Colorado Avalanche. May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Devils agree to terms on a two-year entry-level deal with Will Butcher". NHL.com. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Devils announce roster for start of 2017-18 NHL season". NHL.com. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (October 7, 2017). "Butcher helps Devils top Avalanche". NHL.com. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "2018 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER". teamusa.usahockey.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "2016-2017 All-American Team". The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Denver Survives, Claims 8th National Championship". Inside Hockey. April 9, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jimmy Vesey
Hobey Baker Award
2016–17
Succeeded by
Adam Gaudette
Preceded by
Ethan Prow
NCHC Player of the Year
2016–17
Succeeded by
Henrik Borgström
Preceded by
Ethan Prow
NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year
2016–17
Succeeded by
Scott Perunovich