Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Garth Butcher
A scrappy defenceman and solid team leader, Garth Butcher played nearly 900 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. Although his scoring statistics were formidable in junior, he focused on looking after his own end and making opposition forwards pay the price in the NHL.

Butcher played with the local Capitals in the SJHL before graduating to the WHL's Pats. During his last two years of junior he accumulated 178 points and over 500 minutes in penalties. His blend of talent and grit made him one of the top prospects as the 1981 Entry Draft approached. Butcher was claimed 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks the spent nearly a decade with that organization.

The offensive totals of his junior hockey days eluded Butcher as a pro but he became a constant physical presence in his own end. He also became a team leader and one the craftiest defensive blueliners in the wide-open Western Conference.

Late in the 1990-91 season, the veteran rearguard joined the St. Louis Blues and served as the team captain in 1991-92. Highlights of this stage in his career included playing for Canada at the 1992 World Championships and helping the Blues come within a game of reaching the semi-finals in 1993. Butcher played briefly with the Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs before retiring in 1995.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Regina Pat Canadians AAHA 22 4 22 26 72
1979-80 Regina Blues SJHL 51 15 31 46 236
1979-80 Regina Pats WHL 13 0 4 4 20 9 0 0 0 45
1979-80 Regina Pats M-Cup 3 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Regina Pats WHL 69 9 77 86 230 11 5 17 22 60
1981-82 Regina Pats WHL 65 24 68 92 318 19 3 17 20 95
1981-82 Canada WJC-A 7 1 3 4 0
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 0 0 0 9 +4 1 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 5 4 2 6 4 6 4 8 12 16
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 1 13 14 104 -7 3 1 0 1 2
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 28 2 0 2 34 -12
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 25 4 13 17 43 6 0 2 2 19
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 3 9 12 152 -31
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 3 1 0 1 11
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 4 7 11 188 -25 3 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 15 20 207 -12
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 6 17 23 285 -14
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 0 20 20 227 +4 7 1 1 2 22
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 6 14 20 205 -10
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 6 12 18 257 -18
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 0 4 4 32 +4 13 2 1 3 54
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 5 15 20 189 +5 5 1 2 3 16
1991-92 Canada WC-A 3 1 0 1 4
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 84 5 10 15 211 0 11 1 1 2 20
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 1 6 7 76 -6
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 34 3 9 12 67 -1
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 1 7 8 59 -5 7 0 0 0 8
NHL Totals 897 48 158 206 2302 50 6 5 11 122


WHL First All-Star Team (1981, 1982) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993) Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver with Dan Quinn for Geoff Courtnall, Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning and St. Louis' 5th round choice (Brian Loney) in 1992 Entry Draft, March 5, 1991. Traded to Quebec by St. Louis with Ron Sutter and Bob Bassen for Steve Duchesne and Denis Chase, January 23, 1994. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Mats Sundin, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 Entry Draft for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and Toronto's 1st round choice (Jeffrey Kealty) in 1994 Entry Draft, June 28, 1994.