Ryan Butler

Nickname: Butsy 16
Right Wing
Maple Ridge, BC
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Career Goals:
Own a business
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“Ryan is a tireless worker, plays with a lot of energy, who has a very lethal shot and when he uses it scores quite a few goals. I think he’s going to be a key contributor for us down the stretch.”

                                                                               - Head Coach Lee Stone on Ryan Butler.

We caught up with Ryan after he finished Storm practice on Monday and was heading to Port Alberni to catch another practice, this time with the BCHL Bulldogs. “I’m excited to get any opportunity to skate with the Bulldogs, they’re a good bunch of guys.” Ryan has played 3 games in the BCHL this season as an affiliate player.

“I grew up in Maple Ridge and played my minor hockey with Ridge Meadows. In grade 10, I moved to Kelowna to play Pursuit of Excellence.” He played three seasons with POE, last year averaging a point per game in the Prep program (13 goals, 17 assists in 30 games).

The 5’11”, 160 pound forward describes himself as, “A 2-way player who likes to put the puck in the net, I like to use my speed to find the open ice.”

Teammate Liam Murphy goes further, “Ryan chases guys down for the puck, he creates turnovers for the boys; he battles hard on the boards and usually comes out with the puck.”

That was certainly the case on September 22nd, when Ryan struck paydirt three times against Kerry Park for his first Junior hattrick.

His play this season earned him a spot on the January 7th VIJHL Prospects roster and he made the most of it. Ryan began the North’s comeback in the third with a point blast that found the back of the net. In overtime, he won a key offensive zone faceoff setting up Dawson Frank for the game winning goal.

Last Sunday, Ryan picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-3 tie with the Victoria Cougars at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt.

Ryan Butler has proven that he can contribute to his team.

Naturally his goal is to play fulltime in the BCHL next season but for now his priority is to win a VIJHL championship with his Storm teammates. “I want to play my best and help the team win.”

“It’s fun to play in Campbell River and I’d like to win for the fans.