Butler and Thudium celebrated across ACAC Men's Hockey

Captain Tanner Butler (24) and Chase Thudium (10) combined for 67 regular season points. Photos - Tony Hansen
Captain Tanner Butler (24) and Chase Thudium (10) combined for 67 regular season points. Photos - Tony Hansen

Brent Forster - RDC

Tanner Butler and Chase Thudium of the RDC Kings received special recognition on Friday, March 22 for their outstanding play during the 2018-19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Hockey season.

Butler was named the ACAC Men's Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the First All-Conference team. Thudium was also selected to the ACAC Men's Hockey First All-Conference team. The gifted student-athletes helped guide the RDC Kings (19-7-1-1) to third place in the standings.

Butler, a graduating fifth-year, led all ACAC defencemen in regular season scoring, recording ten goals and 20 assists in only 26 games. Four of his markers were on the power play and one was a game-winning-goal. Impressively, Butler ranked 11th in overall league scoring while playing a sound defensive game.

Pic - Tony Hansen

Thudium, a Business Administration student, finished tied for top spot in league goal scoring with 18. He also ranked second in points (37), only one behind ACAC leader Dean Allison of SAIT. The talented winger from Sylvan Lake scored three goals on the power play, one short handed and one game-winning-goal, and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the ice.

 

Pic - Colby Brochu Photography

In the quarter-final, the Kings swept the Concordia University Thunder in two games and then pushed the MacEwan University Griffins to overtime in all three games of the semi-final, but dropped a very close series.

Butler, a well-rounded defender from Souris, Manitoba, had two goals and two assists in a pair of games against the Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs. Against MacEwan University in the next round, the Kinesiology student added two goals in three games and helped the RDC Kings nearly topple the two-time defending champions.

 

Pic - Colby Brochu Photography

While Thudium missed the quarter-final due to injury, he was a difference maker against the Griffins. The second-year forward had one goal and two assists in three games. One of his helpers was on his brother Dylan's overtime winning goal in game two at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

 

Pic - Tony Hansen

Last season, Butler was named to the ACAC First All-Conference team and received the honour of being selected as the Red Deer Bottling RDC Male Athlete of the Year. This was Thudium's first selection to the First All-Conference team.

The prestigious awards were announced prior to game one of the 2019 ACAC Men's Hockey Championship held on March 22 at NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The MacEwan University Griffins and NAIT Ooks are competing for top spot in the best of three final.