Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ 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:  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).  Butcher wastaken in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2005 NationalHockey League Entry Draft.  He is currently the fourth-leading scorer in theBCHL with 38 points after 24 games on 13 goals and 25 assists.  His father islong-time NHL player Garth Butcher, who played for Vancouver, St. Louis, Quebec and Toronto during his 14-year career.  â€ÂœMatt is an excellent addition to the NMUprogram,â€Â Kyle said.  â€ÂœHe has a great hockey background and is an extremelytalented player.  Matt is a great competitor just like his father.â€Â


Miller is a 6-4, 210, defenseman who currently skates forformer Wildcat Bruno Campese and the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.  He is one ofthe top-scoring defensemen in the BCHL with 24 points on 10 goals and 14assists after 26 games.  â€ÂœT.J. will add to the program.  He is one of thehighly sought-after defensemen this year,â€Â Kyle added.  â€ÂœT.J. will add size,strength and physical play to the defensive corps.  He is currently having anexcellent year and should be a NHL draft pick this year.â€Â


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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director