Kings captain Tanner Butler ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year

RDC Kings defenceman Tanner Butler took home the top Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Men’s Hockey award Friday.

Butler, a graduating fifth-year blueliner had a standout regular season and was named the ACAC Player of the Year ahead of the championship final.

The Souris, Manitoba native had a season to remember, leading all ACAC defenceman for the second straight campaign with 10 goals and 20 assists in 26 games. He ranked 11th overall in league scoring, while posting four power-play goals and a game-winning tally. His contributions in the defensive end helped RDC to a 19-7-1-1 regular season record and a third-place finish.

In four playoff games this year, Butler also pitched in four goals and two assists. For his efforts, he was also named to the ACAC first-team all-conference.

Chase Thudium, a business administration student also earned a spot on the ACAC first-team all-conference. He finished tied for the league lead in goals with 18. He was second in regular season points with 37, one behind SAIT’s Dean Allison.

In the ACAC semifinal, the Sylvan Lake native potted a goal and two assists in three games.

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