Dr. Craig Butz, who played two seasons in the WHL, was killed and a daughter was injured in a boating accident near Clearwater Beach, Fla., on Saturday. According to WFLA.com, Butz, 52, was killed when “a jet ski collided with a boat operated by 67-year-old Thomas Carey of Clearwater.”
Butz, the principal of Pepin Academies, a charter school for children with learning disabilities, lived in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, and later died.
Teagan, his four-year-old daughter, was in critical condition as of Sunday evening.
Butz, a native of Swift Current, was a defenceman. He spent 1982-83 with the Kelowna Wings, scoring five goals and adding 20 assists in 71 games. The following season, he played 20 games with the Wings, then was dealt to the Portland Winter Hawks. In 74 games, he had five goals and 17 assists.
He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the eighth round of the NHL’s 1983 draft, but went on to attend the U of Saskatchewan, where he played for the Huskies.
Jeff Skowronek, the chairman of Pepin Academies, released this statement:
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the unexpected and tragic loss of Pepin Academies’ Executive Director, Dr. Craig Butz. In my four years working with Dr. Butz, he advanced the mission of Pepin Academies tenfold. His wisdom and intelligence was matched by his passion and exuberance for the staff and students of our schools. He was a leader, a champion, and a friend. The pain of his loss, both professionally and personally, will be felt for an eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his young daughter Teagan who remains in critical condition. We ask that their privacy be respected during this sad and difficult time. Pepin Academies will have bereavement specialists at the school on Monday to help grieving students and staff cope with this tragic loss.”
The Orlando Sentinel has more right here.
The junior B Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League have a new head coach in the person of Paul Mugford. He takes over from Joey Ewing, who was replaced after the club lost five of its first six games (1-4-1). . . . Mugford took over after a 12-5 loss to the host Nanaimo Buccaneers. . . . In Mugford’s first game as head coach, the host Glacier Kings dropped a 10-3 decision to the Saanich Braves. . . . Ewing was into his fifth season as the club’s head coach.
At Edmonton, F Brandon Hagel scored two goals to help the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . One night earlier, the Rebels had beaten the visiting Oil Kings, 7-3. . . . Last night, the Rebels overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits en route to the victory. . . . The Oil Kings (0-2-0) took an early 2-0 first-period lead on goals from F Trey Fix-Wolansky (1), at 3:17, and F Kobe Mohr (1) at 4:26. . . . F Mason McCarty (2), who also had an assist, got Red Deer on the scoreboard, on a PP, at 10:19. . . . F Ty Gerla (1) restored Edmonton’s two-goal lead at 11:48 of the second period. . . . The Rebels then scored the game’s last four goals. . . . Hagel began the onslaught at 18:12 of the second period. . . . The Rebels won it with three third-period scores, from F Reese Johnson (2), on a PP, at 0:49; F Jared Dmytriw (1), on another PP, at 9:21; and Hagel (3), into an empty net, at 18:53. . . . Mohr also had an assist for the Oil Kings. . . . The Rebels got two assists from F Grayson Pawlenchuk. . . . Red Deer (2-0-0) was 3-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-4. . . . According to the WHL stats, the Rebels won 42 of the game’s 59 faceoffs, led by Johnson (10-for-11), Dmytriw (14-18) and Kristian Reichel (12-21). . . . Red Deer G Lasse Petersen stopped 18 shots, nine fewer than Edmonton’s Travis Child. . . . Red Deer F Austin Pratt left in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return. . . . Announced attendance: 8,218.
In that 5OT game last season, @WHLsilvertips had 75 shots in 151 minutes.
Tonight in 60 they had 52 shots. pic.twitter.com/M1K1UnVwOK
— TBird Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits) September 25, 2017
At Everett, F Patrick Bajkov scored twice and added an assist to lead the Silvertips to a penalty-filled 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Dennis Williams, the freshman head coach of the Silvertips, recorded his first WHL coaching victory. . . . The Silvertips scored the game’s first two goals and the last two. . . . Everett jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from F Riley Sutter (2), on a PP, at 7:40, and Bajkov, at 13:04. . . . F Maxwell James (1) scored for Tri-City, on a PP, at 16:19 of the second period. . . . Bajkov (2) got that one back at 18:10. . . . F Sean Richards (1) added more insurance at 1:35 of the third period. . . . The teams combined to take 26 penalties, with Tri-City incurring 53 of the 98 minutes that were doled out. . . . Everett (1-1-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Tri-City (0-2-0) was 1-7. . . . G Dorrin Luding blocked 42 shots for Everett to record his first WHL victory, while Tri-City’s Patrick Dea made 48 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 2,890.
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