Long-time North Bay Battalion head coach Stan Butler earned his 700th career OHL win on Friday, steering the Troops to a 2-1 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads at the Hershey Centre.
Battalion goaltender Christian Propp turned aside 35 of the 36 shots he faced while Matthew Struthers and Adam Thilander scored second period goals less than a minute apart to help North Bay earn precious points in their hunt for home ice advantage in the OHL Playoffs.
Butler becomes just the fourth coach in OHL history to win 700 games, following Brian Kilrea (1,193), Bert Templeton (907) and London’s Dale Hunter (721) who accomplished the feat against North Bay back on December 2nd.
Producing talented past and present NHL names in Matt Duchene (2007-09), Cody Hodgson (2006-09), Wojtek Wolski (2002-06), Raffi Torres (1998-2001) and Mike Amadio (2012-16), Butler has guided the Battalion to a 28-25-7-2 record through 62 games this season as they currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Butler’s OHL coaching career spans 22 seasons beginning back in 1994-95 with the Oshawa Generals. He remains the only head coach in Battalion franchise history, joining the ranks prior to the inaugural 1998-99 campaign in Brampton. He’s coached to an overall record of 700-607-114 with 65 ties for a .531 winning percentage.
In his time with the Battalion franchise Butler has captured two Eastern Conference titles (2009, 2014) and five Central Division crowns (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014). His 1,486 career games behind the bench are the most by any active OHL coach.