June 9, 2011

Former UNH Men’s Hockey Standouts Butler, Aikins Capture Titles

DURHAM, N.H. -- Former University of New Hampshire men's hockey standout Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) helped lead the Binghamton Senators to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Calder Cup title. Butler scored the game-tying goal in Binghamton's 3-2 win over the Houston Aeros on Tuesday night in game six. Additionally, former Wildcat Justin Aikins (White Rock, British Columbia) helped lead the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs to the President's Cup Championship of the Central Hockey League (CHL).

The Senators defeated the Aeros 4-2 in the series to take the AHL championship. In 23 playoffs games with Binghamton, Butler scored 13 goals and had four assists.  Butler, the AHL All-Star game MVP, split time with both Ottawa and Binghamton during the regular season. In 36 games with Ottawa, Butler tallied 10 goals and had 11 assists. In 47 regular season contests, he put up 33 points on 22 goals in 11 assists. All told, he appeared in 107 games during the 2010-11 season.

The Senators are coached by Kurt Kleinendorst whose daughter Katie is a junior on the UNH women's hockey team

Butler, UNH's first Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" finalist since Darren Haydar in 2001, collected his fair share of hardware as he was the 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2010 Walter Brown Award winner, All-America First Team selection, Hockey East All-Star First Team, Hockey East Scoring Champion and Hockey East Three Stars Award winner. Butler became just the 67th player in program history to register 100 career points, doing so in extremely balanced fashion with 61 goals and 60 assists for 121 points. Butler's 121 points is tied with Chris Winnes for 49th on the all-time scoring list at New Hampshire.

Aikins put up 20 points in 21 postseason games for the Mudbugs. He netted eight goals and 12 assists and was a +6 overall. In the regular season, Aikins scored 18 goals and dished out 37 assists for 55 points in 46 games.

Aikins finished his UNH career with 103 points on 27 goals and 76 assists in 153 games. He notched 32 points in 41 games as a senior in 2004-05 on nine goals and 23 assists.

The Wildcats kick off the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Oct. 1, against the University of New Brunswick.

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