BOSTON – Senior forward Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team, was named the 58th recipient of the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The President of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, Steve Grogan, made the announcement Wednesday morning. Read more about Butler and his accomplishments at ButlerforHobey.com.
Butler, along with sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis), was named one of 16 semifinalists back in February. After being named a finalist, the co-captain then beat out the other two finalists --Sacred Heart's Nick Johnson and Yale's Broc Little – to win the award. Butler is the seventh Wildcat to earn the award, joining Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003), Steve Saviano (2004) and Kevin Regan (2008).
Butler has already taken home his share of hardware this season. He is currently one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, was selected as Hockey East’s Player of the Year, named an All-Hockey East First Team honoree, was Hockey East Player of the Month in November, Hockey East Scoring Champion and Hockey East Three Stars Award winner.
Butler is the first forward to capture the league’s top honor since BC’s Chris Collins, brother of former Wildcat Greg Collins, did so in the 2005-06 season. Butler is the first Wildcat to earn the Walter Brown Award since Kevin Regan in 2008 and is the seventh UNH player to win this award.
Butler is enjoying not only his best season as a Wildcat, but also arguably the greatest season by any Wildcat forward in recent history. Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 27 and is fifth overall in scoring with 50 points (1.35 ppg). Butler sits third in goals per game at 0.73, sixth in points (51), ninth in short-handed goals (2) and 18th in game winners (4). The co-captain, as voted by his teammates, has been even better among Hockey East’s elite, ranking first overall in goals, third in points, seventh in power play goals, second in short-handed goals and third in game-winning tallies. In conference play, Butler finished first in points (41) and goals (21), and sixth in assists (20). He becomes the first player in Hockey East to register 20 goals and 20 assists in league play since 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog of New Hampshire. Butler was one of just six male position players selected to represent the East Squad at the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge.
The 12th-ranked UNH men's hockey team received an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament and will play sixth-ranked Cornell University on Friday, March 26 at the Times Union Center (Albany, N.Y.).