Butler named to ACAC Men's Hockey First All-Conference team

Tanner Butler (24) was effective in all zones on the ice. Photo - Tony Hansen
Tanner Butler (24) was effective in all zones on the ice. Photo - Tony Hansen

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce Tanner Butler of the Red Deer College Kings has been selected to the 2017-18 ACAC Men's Hockey First All-Conference team.

Butler, the captain of the Kings, had an incredible season on the blueline. The fourth-year student-athlete contributed at both ends of the ice and recorded 12 goals and 21 assists while taking care of his defensive responsibilities. The smooth skating defenceman led by example all-season and was an integral member on the Kings' special teams. The Kinesiology & Sport Studies student from Souris, Manitoba scored six power play goals and was a key player on the penalty kill. The former player for the Dauphin Kings added one game winning goal.

"I think that Tanner is the best two-way defenceman in the league. He led the d-men in scoring and finished fourth in league scoring. He is so good defensively, penalty killing and one-one-one," says Trevor Keeper, Head Coach of the RDC Kings. "I think he is the ACAC version of a Nick Lidstrom type of defenceman. He is a quiet leader but he says the right things, and is very respected in the dressing room."

The awards were announced Friday, March 16 at the opening game of the ACAC Men's Hockey finals in Edmonton.