Hall of Fame: Gary Butler (1979)

Gary Butler
Gary Butler

Gary Butler

Regina, Saskatchewan
Years Played: 1963, 1964
NCAA Championship: 1964

 

Gary Butler is from Regina, Saskatchewan and played for the Regina Pats Junior Hockey Team from 1956-1961.  Entering Michigan in the fall of 1961, he played only two seasons, 1962-1963 and 1963-1964.  He played left wing for Coach Al Renfrew and led the team in scoring both years.  During the 1962-1963 season, he scored twenty-five goals and had twenty assists in twenty-four games.  For the 1963-1964 season, he scored thirty-eight goals and had thirty assists in twenty-nine games.

Playing left wing with All-American center Gord Wilkie and right wing Jack Cole, this line scored seventy-six goals and one hundred-four assists for one hundred-eighty total points, leading Michigan to a 24-4-1 record and to the 1963-1964 NCAA Championship against Denver.  His most memorable experience was winning the NCAA Championship.  He scored the winning goal late in the third period against Providence as Michigan won the semi-final game 3-2.  He graduated from the School of Education.  After graduation, Gary Butler played four years of professional hockey.

 

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