MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Walt Kyle, the head hockeycoach at Northern Michigan University, has announced the followingstudent-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend NMU and playhockey for the Wildcats:ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Butcher from Bellingham, Wash. and T.J. Millerfrom Placentia, Calif. (Los Angeles area).
Butcher is a 6-2, 205, forward who currently plays for theChilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Butcher wastaken in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2005 NationalHockey League Entry Draft.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is currently the fourth-leading scorer in theBCHL with 38 points after 24 games on 13 goals and 25 assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His father islong-time NHL player Garth Butcher, who played for Vancouver, St. Louis, Quebec and Toronto during his 14-year career.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œMatt is an excellent addition to the NMUprogram,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe has a great hockey background and is an extremelytalented player.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt is a great competitor just like his father.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Miller is a 6-4, 210, defenseman who currently skates forformer Wildcat Bruno Campese and the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is one ofthe top-scoring defensemen in the BCHL with 24 points on 10 goals and 14assists after 26 games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œT.J. will add to the program.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is one of thehighly sought-after defensemen this year,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œT.J. will add size,strength and physical play to the defensive corps.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is currently having anexcellent year and should be a NHL draft pick this year.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚