Calgary’s Dustin Butler named March “Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month”

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EDMONTON (ISN) – The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Western Hockey League proudly announce that University of Calgary goaltender and now three-time monthly winner Dustin Butler as the March 2012 Canada West men’s hockey Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month.

Each monthly winner throughout the season receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag.

During March, Butler posted a 3-2 record with a .936 save percentage over five playoff games. The Calgary native stopped 162 of 173 shots in 359:28 of ice time, earning First and Second Star once each, Third Star on two occasions.

In the best-of-three Canada West semifinals, Butler led the fourth-place Dinos to an upset of the first-place Manitoba Bisons in two games with a 2-1 win in Game 1 and a 4-3 overtime decision in Game 2. To begin the league final at Rutherford Rink in Saskatoon on March 9, Butler blocked 32 of 33 Huskies, claiming First Star in a 2-1 overtime victory. Game 2 was a 4-1 defeat, setting up Game 3, where Butler did all he could in a 2-1 triple-overtime loss to the hometown Huskies. The fourth-year Dino made 40 saves on the night as Calgary was eliminated in its bid to qualify for the 2012 University Cup at UNB in Fredericton.

For his four-year Canada West / Canadian Interuniversity Sport career, the 2010-11 CIS Goaltender of the Year has played 82 regular season games, with a 41-30-5 record, five shutouts and a 2.44 goals against average. For the post-season he is 7-6 in 14 games, with one shutout and a 2.35 GAA.

In November it was announced that Butler was one of 300 former WHL players across Canada to be recognized as a 2011-12 WHL Scholarship recipients.

The 24-year-old Arts major is the 25th monthly winner from the Dinos and first three-time winner from the University of Calgary. Butler also won monthly honours in February and November of 2010, making him one of just seven Canada West students-athletes to win the award three times during its 23-year history.

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 87-78-12, with a 3.00 GAA and 15 shutouts in 192 regular season games over five seasons. He also appeared in five post-season contests.

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