Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Will Butcher
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 01/06/1995
AGE: 21
DRAFTED: COL: 2013-123 overall
2014-15: Recorded 18 points (4g/14a) in 38 games as a sophomore at the University of Denver…Finished third on the team in scoring by a defenseman…Named the NCHC Defenseman of the Week for Nov. 17-23…Scored the game-winning goal and had a +3 plus/minus rating in DU’s 5-2 victory over Boston College in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals on March 28…Added an assist in a loss to Providence in the NCAA East Regional Final on March 29…Named to the U.S. National Junior Team roster for the second consecutive year…Registered an assist in five games as an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship held in Toronto/Montreal…Named one of the three best players on the United States as selected by tournament coaches.

Tallied 16 points (8g/8a) in 38 games during his freshman season at the University of Denver…Scored his first collegiate goal on Oct. 12 vs. Merrimack…Recorded three points (1g/2a) in five National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament games, helping DU win the inaugural NCHC title and advance to the NCAA Tournament…Represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, recording five points (2g/3a) in five games…Finished tied for first among USA defensemen in goals (2) and was second in assists (3-tied) and points (5)…Shared the team lead with two power-play goals.

In his second year with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Butcher tallied 37 points (11g/26a) in 67 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team…Won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, totaling four points (2g/2a) in seven games.

Spent his first season with the U.S. National Team Development Program…Played for both the U.S. National Under-18 Team and Under-17 Team…Appeared in six contests for the gold-medal-winning United States squad at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.