Sunday February 1, 2015
North Bay, ON – North Bay Battalion Head Coach Stan Butler earned his 600th OHL coaching victory on Sunday afternoon as a pair of second period goals from New Jersey Devils prospect Ryan Kujawinski propelled the Troops to a 3-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs on home ice.
“The wins you get as a coach are reflective of the players that you have and it’s a compliment to having players being committed to the things you need,” Butler told Bay Today’s Liam Berti following Sunday’s milestone win.
Butler becomes the fifth coach in OHL history to reach 600 wins, doing so a day before his 59th birthday on Monday. Now in his 19th OHL season, he has compiled a collective record of 600-513-65-88.
The two-time Eastern Conference Champion, who coached the Oshawa Generals for two years (1994-1996) before joining the Battalion organization in 1998 during its inaugural season, is the second winningest active coach in the OHL. He leads all active OHL coaches with 1266 total games behind the bench and is fifth on the OHL all-time coaching wins list, trailing Brian Kilrea, Bert Templeton, Larry Mavety and George Burnett.
In addition to his impressive OHL track record, Butler also won a pair of silver medals with the Canadian National Junior Team in 1999 and 2002.
Butler and the Battalion come off a memorable 2013-14 campaign when the team reached the OHL Finals before falling to the Guelph Storm in five games. The Troops gave the North Bay fans a year to remember in the franchise’s first season in the Gateway to the North, winning the Central Division before a memorable playoff push.
During his 17 year tenure with the Battalion, Butler has aided in the development of NHL talent in Matt Duchene, Cody Hodgson, Brent Burns, Raffi Torres, Jay McClement and Barclay Goodrow.
With the win, the Battalion create some distance between themselves and the Central Division’s third place IceDogs as they’re now separated by a twelve point margin, sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference. Butler has guided the Battalion organization to eleven consecutive playoff berths.
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