Will  Butcher
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Will Butcher

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
USNTDP

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 190

Position:
Defenseman

Birthdate:
01/06/1995


05/08/2017

Butcher and Andison Earn MVP Honors at DU Awards Night

Women's lacrosse wins Gold Vest Award at 82nd Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

04/08/2017

Denver vs. Minnesota-Duluth

NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game: Denver vs. Minnesota-Duluth

04/06/2017

Frozen Four: Denver vs. Notre Dame

NCAA Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Tournament - April 6, 2017 (USA Today Sports Images)

04/07/2016

North Dakota 4, Denver 2

The Pioneers fall to North Dakota in the 2016 Frozen Four semifinals, on April 7th.

NHL:
Selected by Colorado in Round 5 (123rd Overall) of the 2013 Entry Draft

2016-17: Became second student-athlete in DU program history to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player on Apr. 7... Named USA Hockey's College Player of the Year on May 23... Received the prestigious Pioneer Award as the "individual who best exemplifies the Pioneer spirit in their efforts on campus and in the local community" from DU on May 19... Named DU Male Athlete of the Year on May 8... Named NCAA (West) First Team All-American on Apr. 7... Also named USCHO & CHN Player of the Year and captured the Bill Masterton Award (Team MVP) at the DU Hockey Awards Banquet on Apr. 14... Finished second in the nation in scoring by a defenseman (43GP-7G-30A-37P) and T-3rd in plus/minus (+27)... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at NCAA Midwest Regional, tallying 2GP-1G-0A-1P-4SOG, +3 rating in wins over MTU and PSU... Named NCHC  Player of the Year & Offensive Defenseman of the Year on Mar. 16... A Top 10 Finalist for the Senior CLASS Award... Earned First Team All-NCHC honors after finishing first in the conference in scoring by a defenseman (3G-22A-25P, 24GP)... One of Denver’s 16 Academic All-Conference honorees... Won NCHC Defensive Player of the Week Award six times... Recorded 100th career point on Mar. 4 at Omaha (assist)… Pre-Season CHN All-American & NCHC All-Conference Team pick… Named Denver’s Captain on June 2, 2016.

2015-16: Earned Second Team (West) All-American honors after finishing third in the nation in scoring by a defenseman with 9G-23A-32P (41GP)... Also earned Second Team All-USCHO honors... Co-Winner (with Nolan Zajac) of the Keith Magnuson Award as Denver's best defensive player... Finished T-1st on DU in both plus/minus (+19) and power play goals (4)... Named to All-Tournament Team at NCAA West Regional after tallying 2G-0A-2P on the weekend in wins over BU and FSU... Earned First-Team All-NCHC honors on March 9... Named a finalist for both the NCHC Defenseman of the Year Award and Offensive Defenseman of the Year Award on March 10 (both awards won by SCSU’s Ethan Prow)... Captured four NCHC Defenseman of the Week Awards... Named to 2015-16 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team on Feb. 17... Led DU in overall scoring for October/November/December with 3G-10A-13P (15GP).

2014-15: Tallied 4G-14A-18P in 38 games played as a sophomore, ranking third among DU defensemen in scoring… Registered career-high three points (1G-2A) on Nov. 21 vs. Air Force… Named NCHC Defenseman of the Week for Nov. 17-23… Scored GWG and recorded a +3 rating in Denver’s 5-2 win over Boston College in NCAA Regionals on Mar. 28… Served as an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships in Canada, recording one assist in five games played… Named Player of the Game in Team USA’s 2-1 win over Team Finland on Dec. 26 after making a game-saving block late in overtime… Named Team USA’s Top Defenseman for the tournament... 2013-14: Played in 38 games for the Pioneers as a freshman... Scored his first career NCAA goal on Oct. 12 vs. Merrimack... Finished the season with 16 points on eight goals and eight assists... Netted six power play goals and dished out four power play assists... Tallied 56 shots on goal and 44 blocked shots... Played for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, tallying 2G-3A-5P in five games played.

Before Denver:  Won Silver with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship, recording 2G-2A-4P in seven games played... Recorded 67GP-11G-26A-37P with the US. National Under-18 Team in 2012-13... Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship...  Recorded 46GP-8G-23A-31P the U.S. National U17 team in 2011-12… Skated with the Madison Capitals (T1EHL) for two seasons (2009-11) prior to joining the U.S. National Development Team Program.

Personal: The son of Joe and Julie Butcher... Has one sister, Jessie, and one brother, Mike...   Attended Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School... Chose to attend Denver to achieve academic goals as well as develop as hockey player... Career goal is to graduate from DU and play in the NHL... Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, being with friends and watching movies... Favorite athletes are Mike Modano, Rafael Nadal and Bubba Watson.
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