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Avs prospect named alternate captain for WJC

Surprising to few, Butcher gets the A.

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Will Butcher has been a member of Team USA at many levels for many years. It's no surprise, then, that he was named an alternate captain for the World Junior Championship team. Boston University freshman Jack Eichel (2015 draft eligible) received the C and John Hayden of Yale (Chicago Blackhawks) will wear the second A.

Butcher has progressed well in his time with the DU Pioneers. His responsibilities have increased since his freshman year last season, seeing ice time in all situations this year. In his first year, he played in 38 games and recorded 16 points (8g/8a) and helped DU win the"inaugural NCHC Championship and appear in the NCAA Tournament." His post-season record featured a PPG pace at 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games. This season, he's played in 15 games thus far, putting up 8 points (2g/6a) and ranking 4th on the team in shots on net.

Butcher's participation in Team USA tournaments is extensive. He appeared in 67 games for the US National U-18 team and helped lead them to a silver medal in 2013.  In 2012, he was part of the Team USA gold medal win in the same tournament. For the USA U-17 team, he recorded 23 points (6g, 17a) in only 17 games. He was also a member of the US National Team Development Program in the 2011-12 season.