“She analyzes and reads the game to the point where she knows, she can anticipate when something is going to happen before it happens. I really look at her and appreciate her ability to understand responsibility. What she has to do in certain situations; her on-ice game management is tremendous. She not only understands what she should be doing, but also what those around her should be doing.”
Until her goal is realized, Butler continues to take advantage of those opportunities that find her. She has been a faithful “Body by Boyle” enrollee, and she twice completed a new summer skating program that her Islanders coach started two years ago.
From Feb. 19 to 21, Hingham will host a tournament comprising Duxbury, Acton-Boxborough, Arlington, Arlington Catholic, Woburn, Lexington, and St. Mary’s. The intent is to showcase the state’s top talents, like Butler, and further raise the sport’s profile.
It also represents another step to ensure that girls’ hockey players receive the same treatment as their male counterparts, something Butler readily acknowledges was never an issue.
“We both played Danvers hockey, then we went on and played club hockey, and now we both play at St. Mary’s,” she explained. “I’ve done everything pretty much the same as him, except he plays for the boys’ teams and I play for the girls.”
It’s a good thing Butler gave skating one more shot a number of years ago.
Paul Lazdowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.