Craig Button (Born 1963 in Rochester, New York) is an ice hockey analyst and former National Hockey League (NHL) executive. His family moved to Montreal in 1975 when his father, Jack Button, was hired by NHL President Clarence Campbell to initiate and manage the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Craig graduated from Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds, Quebec in 1980 and obtained his BA in economics from Concordia University, Montreal, in 1987. His father was a longtime executive in the NHL serving as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1973–74 and 1974–75 seasons and as Assistant General Manager of the Washington Capitals from 1979 until his death in 1996.

Craig began his NHL management career in 1988 with the Minnesota North Stars. He was the Director of Scouting for Dallas Stars 1992–98, Director of Player Personnel for Dallas Stars 1998–2000. He won the Stanley Cup championship in 1999. He replaced Al Coates as the Vice President and General Manager of the Calgary Flames in 2000. Button held that position until the spring of 2003, when he was fired and replaced with Darryl Sutter. He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as a scout.

He is currently an analyst on NHL on the Fly on the NHL TV Network.

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Preceded by
Al Coates
General Manager of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Darryl Sutter
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