Sven Butenschön
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
DEL Team
F. Teams
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Adler Mannheim
Nationality Flag of Germany & Flag of Canada
Born March 22 1976 (1976-03-22) (age 44),
Itzehoe, West Germany
NHL Draft 57th overall, 1994
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 1997 – present

Sven Butenschön (born March 22, 1976) is a German-Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who has spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League. He currently plays for Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Playing careerEdit

Butenschön played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, and was drafted 57th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After two more seasons in Brandon, he turned pro in 1996 and spent his entire first professional season in the AHL with the Cleveland Lumberjacks.

Butenschön would spend five seasons in the Penguins organization, during which time he was usually the first callup from the farm when injuries hit, but was never able to establish himself as a regular. He made his NHL debut in 1997–98 campaign, appearing in 8 games for the Penguins without recording a point, and saw action in Pittsburgh in each of the next four seasons, including a high of 17 games in 1998–99. Primarily a defensive defender, he surprised with a big offensive season in the minors in 1999–2000, as he registered 19 goals and 40 points for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

At the trade deadline near the end of the 2000–01 season, Butenschön was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers, and appeared in 7 games with the Oilers late in the season, recording his first NHL goal. However, he found himself back in the AHL for 2001–02, appearing in just 14 games for the Oilers.

In the summer of 2002, Butenschön was traded to the New York Islanders, where he would have the most successful portion of his career. In 2002–03, he played in a career-high 37 games for the Islanders, recording 4 assists. In 2003–04, he spent virtually the entire season in the NHL as the Islanders' 7th defender, playing in 41 games and recording 1 goal and 6 assists for a career high 7 points.

Butenschön signed with Adler Mannheim in the DEL during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, recording 1 goal and 6 points in 50 games. For 2005–06, he returned to North America, signing a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks. He enjoyed another fine season in the AHL, scoring 15 goals and 37 points for the Manitoba Moose, and appeared in 8 games for Vancouver.[1]

Butenschön returned to Adler Mannheim when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2006, and recorded 3 goals and 6 points for the Eagles in 2006–07.

After 5 seasons in Mannheim, Butenschön signed a one-year deal with fellow German team, Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers on May 16, 2011.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94Brandon Wheat KingsWHL70319225140006
1994–95Brandon Wheat KingsWHL21156441812311
1995–96Brandon Wheat KingsWHL704374199191121318
1996–97Cleveland LumberjacksIHL753121568100114
1997–98Syracuse CrunchAHL651423376651230
1997–98Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80006
1998–99Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL170006
1998–99Houston AerosIHL5714581
1999–00Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL75192140101
1999–00Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL30000
2000–01Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL557283585
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL50112
2000–01Edmonton OilersNHL71122
2001–02Hamilton BulldogsAHL619354488
2001–02Edmonton OilersNHL140004
2002–03Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL36313165893696
2002–03New York IslandersNHL3704426
2003–04New York IslandersNHL411673040000
2003–04Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL50114
2004–05Adler MannheimDEL50156541401116
2005–06Manitoba MooseAHL60152237301306612
2005–06Vancouver CanucksNHL800010
2006–07Adler MannheimDEL42336341113412
2007–08Adler MannheimDEL540664251126
2008–09Adler MannheimDEL4927944910132
2009–10Adler MannheimDEL53112136520000
2010–11Adler MannheimDEL331012260220
NHL totals 140 2 12 14 86 4 0 0 0 0


Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Germany WC 6 0 2 2 2
2010 Germany OG 4 0 0 0 2
2010 Germany WC 7 0 0 0 2
Senior int'l totals 17 0 2 2 6


  1. Ohlund, Salo both injured during Olympics. ESPN (2006-02-27). Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  2. Ice Tigers sign Sven Butenschön (German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers (2011-05-16). Retrieved on 2011-05-16.

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