EDMONTON – The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Western Hockey League proudly announce that Calgary Dinos goaltender #31 DUSTIN BUTLER is the Canada West men’s hockey Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month for November/December 2010.
It was recently announced by WHL Commissioner Ron Robison announced that a total of 275 graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year, with 102 being active players for the seven Canada West men’s hockey teams.
BUTLER, who also won the February 2010 award, posted a 2-2-1 record in November, with one shutout, a sparkling 1.12 goals against average (GAA) and an impressive .966 save percentage. The third-year High River, Alberta product now has a 2010-11 record of 4-4, with a 1.74 GAA and one shutout in nine Canada West appearances.
Butler’s two wins were key, as he upset then CIS #5-ranked Manitoba on November 12th before posting a shutout at Regina on November 26th. He also helped Calgary earn a point in the standings in a 2-1 shootout loss at Manitoba on November 13th. The Dinos went 3-2-1 in November, moving into a tie for third in Canada West at 7-5-2 for 16 points.
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 87-87-3, with a 3.00 GAA and 15 shutouts in 182 regular season games over five seasons. He also appeared in five post-season games.
Western Hockey League teammates included former Team Canada World Junior star and current Philadelphia Flyer Braydon Coburn, who went to the Stanley Cup final this past spring, New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky and current Dino teammates Reid Jorgensen and Brock Nixon.
BUTLER becomes the 22nd monthly winner for Calgary, one of 19 different Dinos to win the prize since it was first awarded in October 1989. The soon-to-be 23-year-old Social Sciences student was already the most recent Dino to win the award, with forward Reid Jorgensen being the last different U of C student-athlete to claim honours, in February 2008.
BUTLER was one of five nominees for the November/December Canada West WHL award. With 30 voting points, BUTLER edged out Alberta’s Chad Klassen (27), Lethbridge goaltender Scott Bowles (25), Manitoba forward Blair Macaulay (24) and UBC netminder Jordan White (19) in a very close league-wide coaches’ poll.
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2010-11 Husky WHL Graduates of the Month
November/December: Dustin Butler, University of Calgary Dinos
October: Derek Ryan, University of Alberta Golden Bears