Tom Butler



Thomas Andrew Butler

Born: December 20, 1925
Died: January 30, 2014 (Toronto)


Tom Butler played defence professionally in Scotland and the United States following a brief wartime stint in junior-B in Toronto with Victory Aircraft.

ImageIn 64 games with the Dunfermline Vikings of the Scottish national League in 1947-48, Butler scored 31 goals and added 20 assists. He spent the following season with the Muncie (Ind.) Flyers of the International Hockey League, scoring four goals in 31 games, before returning to Scotland to spend the 1949-50 season with the Perth Panthers. He scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 36 games with Perth.

Butler concluded his playing career in the Eastern Hockey League in 1954-55. He began the season with the Washington (D.C.) Lions before being cut on Feb. 2, 1955. He was then picked up by the New Haven Blades. He had three goals and 10 assists in 48 games for the two teams.

Butler was also an owner and trainer of thoroughbred horses, having some success with Cough Drops, a stakes winner who won four of 23 starts.

Butler spent 30 years as a member of the Etobicoke (Ont.) fire department.

Butler, who died aged 88, leaves his wife, the former Mary Ann Auth; nine children; 19 grandchildren; and, seven great-grandchildren.


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