Will Butcher
Will Butcher
Position Defense
Shoots Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team New Jersey Devils
Born January 6 1995 (1995-01-06) (age 25),
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
NHL Draft 123rd overall, 2013
Colorado Avalanche
Pro Career 2017 – present

Will Butcher (born January 6, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Butcher was selected in the fifth round, 123rd overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Butcher played college hockey at the University of Denver from 2013 to 2017. For his play in the 2016–17 season, Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in men's college hockey.[2] He was also named a NCHC First-Team All-Star, NCHC Player of the Year, and NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year for 2016–17.[3] He helped Denver win the 2017 NCAA Championship.[4]

On August 27, 2017, as an NHL free agent, Butcher signed a two-year, entry-level maximum contract with the New Jersey Devils worth an annual base salary of $925,000.[5]

After participating in his first training camp with the Devils, Butcher made the Devils' opening night roster for the 2017–18 season.[6] In the Devils' home opener, Butcher made his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on October 7, 2017, a game in which he became the first Devils' player in franchise history to record three points in his debut, registering three assists on the power play in a 4–1 victory.[7]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2018 Denmark
World U18 Championships
Gold 2012 Czech Republic
Silver 2013 Russia

Butcher was named to the senior United States roster to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL20220
2011–12U.S. National Development TeamUSHL3128104
2012–13U.S. National Development TeamUSHL26310132
2013–14University of DenverNCHC3888168
2014–15University of DenverNCHC38414188
2015–16University of DenverNCHC399233219
2016–17University of DenverNCHC437303718
2017–18New Jersey DevilsNHL8153944851340
2018–19New Jersey DevilsNHL784263018
NHL totals 159965742651340


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17 Silver medal icon 50662
2012 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 60002
2013 United States WJC18 Silver medal icon 72242
2014 United States WJC 5th 52352
2015 United States WJC 5th 50110
2018 United States WC Bronze medal icon 101230
Junior totals 28412168
Senior totals 101230

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
NCHC First All-Star Team 2016, 2017
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2016
NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year 2017
NCHC Player of the Year 2017
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2017 [9]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2017 [10]
NCAA West First All-Star Team 2017
Hobey Baker Award 2017 [2]


  1. College hockey: Sun Prairie's Will Butcher becomes first Wisconsin-born player to win Hobey Baker Award (April 8, 2017). Retrieved on August 28, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Will Butcher Named Best Player in College Hockey (April 8, 2017). Retrieved on March 26, 2018.
  3. NCHC (March 16, 2017). Denver, WMU Take Home Top Honors at 2017 NCHC Awards Celebration.
  4. Butcher Helps Denver Win NCAA Championship. Colorado Avalanche (May 2, 2017). Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
  5. Devils agree to terms on a two-year entry-level deal with Will Butcher (August 27, 2017). Retrieved on August 28, 2017.
  6. Devils announce roster for start of 2017-18 NHL season (October 3, 2017). Retrieved on October 8, 2017.
  7. Butcher helps Devils top Avalanche (October 7, 2017). Retrieved on October 8, 2017.
  8. 2018 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER. Retrieved on April 29, 2018.
  9. "2016-2017 All-American Team", The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved on June 21, 2017. 
  10. "Denver Survives, Claims 8th National Championship", Inside Hockey, April 9, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2018. 

External linksEdit

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