Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jerry Butler
During his prime in the 1970s, right-winger Jerry Butler was one of the NHL's best defensive shadows. He was a fine skater who could jump in offensively and did not shy away from battling the league's biggest foes.

The native of Sarnia, Ontario played Junior B with the local Bees before spending the 1970-71 season with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings. After his solid year in Hamilton, Butler was chosen 55th overall by the New York Rangers at the Amateur Draft. He spent most of his first two years as a pro learning the ropes in the AHL before playing a regular shift on Manhattan in 1974-75.

Prior to the 1975-76 season, the industrious winger was part of the package sent to the St. Louis Blues for star goaltender John Davidson. In 1975-76, he scored a personal high 41 points playing with Garry Unger and Bob MacMillan. In the first round of the playoffs, he was a solid worker when St. Louis nearly upset the Buffalo Sabres in the first round.

Early in the 1977-78 season the steady checker was sought by Toronto Maple Leafs coach Roger Neilson. Butler provided grit and defensive excellence on the club as it reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1967. The hard-working winger formed one of the league's top penalty-killing tandems with Jimmy Jones. This sunny period began to end the next year and, by 1979-80, Toronto was in sharp decline. In February 1980 Butler was sent to the Vancouver Canucks with Tiger Williams for youngsters Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive. He played parts of three seasons on the West Coast then retired in 1983 after playing 42 games for the Winnipeg Jets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Sarnia Bees ON-Jr.B
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 59 6 20 26 131 7 0 1 1 31
1971-72 Omaha Knights CHL 72 19 18 37 173
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 0 1 4 +1
1972-73 Providence Reds AHL 64 29 30 59 97 4 1 2 3 11
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 26 6 10 16 24 +7 12 0 2 2 25
1973-74 Providence Reds AHL 48 20 22 42 114
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 78 17 16 33 102 -5 3 1 0 1 16
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 17 24 41 75 0 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 12 20 32 65 -31 4 0 0 0 14
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 0 2 2 5 -6
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 9 7 16 49 -10 13 1 1 2 18
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 8 7 15 52 -2 6 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 7 8 15 29 -3
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 4 4 8 21 -5 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 12 15 27 60 +2 3 1 0 1 0
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 3 1 4 15 -5
1981-82 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 47 6 24 30 30 16 4 5 9 36
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 42 3 6 9 14 -5
NHL Totals 641 99 120 219 515 48 3 3 6 79


Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Ted Irvine and Bert Wilson for Bill Collins and John Davidson, June 18, 1975. Traded to Toronto by St. Louis for Inge Hammarstrom, November 1, 1977. Traded to Vancouver by Toronto with Tiger Williams for Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive, February 18, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, October 8, 1982.
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