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Garth Butcher, D



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Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
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
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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. ...
- RH shot makes it easier for him to clear from the right side of the PK

- Played in the 1993 All Star game, despite only scoring 15 points that season (211 PIMs though)

- Brett Hull selected a "St. Louis Blues Dream Team" in honor of his HHOF induction. His seven defensemen: Scott Stevens, Garth Butcher, Steve Duchesne, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley, Jeff Brown, Chris Pronger. (Source)

- 198687: Hume Award (Unsung Hero) and Most Valuable Teammate - Vancouver Canucks
- 198889: Tracker Award (Most Aggressive) - Vancouver Canucks

- St. Louis Blues captain from 1991-92.

- Selected to play in the World Championships for Canada in 1992.

Hitting and agitating opponents

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Originally Posted by wikipedia
Butcher played an aggressive style and earned a reputation as a classic "needler" who distracted opponents or provoked them into taking penalties.6 In 1989, Gerard Gallant of the Detroit Red Wings was suspended five games for retaliating and deliberately attempting to injure Butcher.7
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Originally Posted by St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1991
For now, the task of defending the team honor probably will fall on the punching skills of four players: veteran pugilist Darin Kimble, young ruffian Kelly Chase, veteran agitator Garth Butcher and newcomer Brendan Shanahan, whose signing as a free agent resulted In the loss of Stevens
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He (Snepsts) noted that the Blues, especially Butcher, kept banging Probert In the playoffs until the guy began taking unwise penalties. "Butch is something else," Snepsts said. "When we were in Vancouver that one year, he threw the whole Calgary playoffs out of whack. He was yapping at their whole bench, and he drove (coach] XXX nuts. They were running out of their positions, trying to get Garth."
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he is more agitator than fighter.
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"You can do as much physical and mental damage just by hitting them with body checks as by fighting them," Butcher said.
Leadership

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Originally Posted by Brent Parker, GM of Regina Pats in 2005
We are excited to have Garth come back to Regina as Team WHL Honorary Captain. Garth was a true warrior during both his WHL & NHL careers and provided the exceptional leadership and team-first qualities we want in our players today. It will be special to have him back in his hometown for the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge
Garth Butcher Named ADT Canada/Russia Challenge Honourary Captain

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Originally Posted by Brian Sutter, coach
(player traded for Butcher)brought a lot of physical presence to our team, but Garth replaces that and gives you some more in experience and leadership.
-Blues get Butcher, Quinn From Canucks

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