Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach
Born: East York, Ont.
Date: Feb. 2, 1956
Resides: North Bay, Ont.
Stan Butler completed the 2016-17 campaign, his 19th season with the Battalion, as the longest serving coach in the Ontario Hockey League with one team. He enters 2017-18 fourth all-time with 1,424 OHL contests, and fifth on the wins list with 672. He recorded his 1,000th career OHL game on Feb. 10, 2011, with a 3-1 win against the visiting Oshawa Generals, and earned his 600th victory on Feb. 1, 2015, with a 3-2 home-ice decision against the Niagara IceDogs.
Butler finished 2016-17 with a won-lost-tied record of 672-687-65 in 1,424 regular-season OHL games (.495), including 602-638-52 (.486) in 1,292 games with the Battalion. His 672 victories are the second-most among active OHL coaches, behind Dale Hunter. His record is 68-90 (.430) in 158 OHL playoff games with Oshawa and the Battalion.
In his 20th CHL season, Butler has an all-time CHL record of 700-726-70 in 1,428 games (.491). He started his major junior coaching career in 1994-95 with Oshawa and spent two seasons with the Generals before moving to the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League in 1996-97. Butler enlisted with the Battalion in advance of its inaugural 1998-98 season in the OHL.
Butler started his major junior coaching career in 1994-95 with the Oshawa Generals and had two successful seasons before he moved to the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League in 1996-97.
Butler began his coaching career in 1985 with the Wexford Raiders and led his peewee, bantam and midget teams to four city and three provincial championships. In 1989, after being named the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association’s coach of the year, he graduated to the Wexford Raiders of the Metro Junior Hockey League. During the next five seasons, he led the Raiders to five division titles and four league championships.
In 1994-95, his first season with Oshawa, the team had a record of 40-21-5 for 85 points and set a CHL record when 10 players were chosen in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Butler’s Generals’ squads earned 70 wins and 153 points over two seasons.
Butler moved to Prince George, B.C., in 1996-97 and had another great season as the Cougars made the playoffs for the first time in seven years, losing in the WHL Western Conference finals after defeating the first-place Portland Winter Hawks and third-place Spokane Chiefs.
He was an assistant coach of Canada’s Under-18 team that won a gold medal at the 1998 Three Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic, and served as head coach of Canada’s Under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 1999 Four Nations tournament in the Czech Republic.
Butler was an assistant to Tom Renney with Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 1999 World Junior Championship in Winnipeg and was named head coach of Canada’s entry in the 2001 tournament. Battalion member Raffi Torres scored in overtime as Canada defeated Sweden in the bronze-medal game.
In June 2001, Butler became only the third person in Canadian Hockey Association history to coach the national junior team in consecutive years since the CHA’s Program of Excellence began in 1982. Butler’s squad earned a silver medal in the Czech Republic after losing 5-4 to Russia in the championship game. Butler returned to international hockey in August 2015, leading the Canadian Under-18 team to an eighth straight gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic.
Stan was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame as a builder on May 1, 2012.
He graduated from Brock University in St. Catharines in 1979 with a bachelors degree in physical education, completed a bachelors degree in education at the University of Toronto in 1980, and earned his masters in education at Brock in 1988.
Stan has two children, Sara and Adam.