Years Played: 1961, 1962, 1963
Dave Butts was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and played hockey in the Regina Pats Minor Hockey System – peewee to juvenile and for Campion College (high school) before coming to the University of Michigan. One of over a dozen players to follow Red Berenson to Michigan from the Regina area, he enrolled at Michigan in the fall of 1959.
He played in goal for two seasons and when Coach Al Renfrew was short of players for the 1962-1963 season, he played the forward position during his senior year. He had many memorable experiences while at the University of Michigan and two of them were having the opportunity to play a game he loved and to get an education in the classroom and in life while attending the great University of Michigan. His other great experience was participating in the NCAA Final Four in the 1961-1962 season in Utica, New York. At the Dekers Awards Banquet in 1963, he was presented with a special award – the only one since that date – “To a 100% Player 100% of the Time” for his sincere efforts and sportsmanship during his career. He graduated from the School of Education in 1963 with a B.S. degree and a Physical Education major.
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