Kirkwood native Chris Butler announces retirement

St. Louis Blues

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 12: Chris Butler #25 of the St. Louis Blues holds the Stanley Cup following the Blues victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on June 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUI, MO – St. Louis Blues defensemen Chris Butler has decided to retire as a Stanley Cup Champion. He announced his intentions with a letter posted to the team’s website Wednesday.

Butler, 32, a Kirkwood, MO, native, signed with the Blues as a free agent in July 2014. He spent most of his time in the American Hockey League, though he did play 58 games with the Blues. Butler served as the captain of the San Antonio Rampage last season. The Blues called up him up before the playoffs and he was with the team through its Stanley Cup championship run.

Drafted in 2005, Butler also played three seasons each with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.

In the letter, Butler writes, “I could say the last five years being a member of the Blues organization was a dream come true but that would be a lie. It was a dream that never existed for me. Growing up in St Louis, as a hockey player, my dream was to someday be able to get a college scholarship and help my parents by paying for my education, that was it.”

Read Butler’s full letter here. 

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