At the conclusion of the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA) Bighorns high school hockey team's home finale on Saturday -- a 3-all tie with Glasgow -- the team recognized Trevor Maw and Morgan Butler on Senior Night. Maw plays on the wing, while Butler is a goalie.
The Bighorns, under the direction of coaches Troy Green and Trent Sobeck, stand at 7-12-1 overall.
They are currently in sixth place at 5-10-1 in the Treasure State League -- composed of teams from Billings (in first place), Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Flathead, Glasgow, Havre, Great Falls and Miles City -- with four road games left on the schedule.
Morgan Butler, a senior at Capital High, played 470 minutes in goal this year before sustaining an injury recently. He has posted 219 saves between the pipes, while allowing 52 goals, for a save percentage of .808.
Prior to the injury, in a 3-1 home win over Great Falls nine days ago, Butler allowed a single goal while posting 30 saves. The following night during the second game of the series at the Helena Ice Arena, he gave up two scores with 17 saves in the 6-3 victory, before injuring his leg.
Butler started playing hockey at the age of 9. He’s come up through the Bighorns programs at every age-group, under coaches Scott Cunningham, Pat Sassano, Evan Ask and Bob Richards.
Trevor Maw, who passed for his lone assists of the season versus Great Falls a week-and-a-half ago, is a senior at Helena High. He began playing in the local programs in the second grade and has “loved it” ever since. He missed a four-year gap from grades 8-11 due to lack of a sponsor, so this past season has been his first competitive hockey since seventh grade.
Maw’s first coaches were Green and Mike Robinson, followed by Cunningham.
1. Did you have any older teammates or previous Bighorns that influenced your game?
Butler: I’d say Ryan Arntson, he always worked hard when it came to hockey so I’d try to work hard too.
Maw: Trevor Tracy and (the late) Wyatt Winfield. Trevor because we have the same name so that became an instant friendship. I wanted to play like him, he was a big, all-around good player that could take a shot and also make a hit. Wyatt was my all-around mentor, with him being a younger, smaller guy, that was more of a realistic goal. On the ice he was a tough, fearless player, and off the ice he was a nice, caring person. I have great memories of him and his family.
2. What is your GPA, who’s your favorite teacher and what’s your favorite class?
Maw: My GPA is a 3.0. Mrs. (Veronica) Robertson and Auto Tech.
Butler: Around 3 GPA. Mr. (Jim) Murray is my favorite teacher, and history is my favorite class.
3. What are your career highlights, individually or as a team?
Butler: Individually was when I shutout Missoula in their holiday tournament, or against Gillette this year. Teamwise, when we won the state tournament my freshman year.
Maw: As a team would be winning the state tournament in Missoula for Pee Wees. Individual was getting suspended (for one game) this year against Bozeman. It seems kinda bad, but I know, and the player I hit know, that it was a clean hit and I didn’t deserve it. But when you make such a bit hit after not playing for five years, that’s an accomplishment.
4. Do you play any other sports, and if so, which do you like best?
Maw: I’ve played baseball, soccer, football and tennis. Hockey is still my favorite, tennis would be second.
Butler: Right now I only play hockey, but I used to play baseball. Hockey is definitely my favorite.
5. What are your future plans, after graduation this spring?
Butler: After high school I plan on going to college, I’d like to stay close to home. I’ll probably stay in Montana. I plan to keep playing hockey, either with a junior team or a college team.
Maw: My next step after graduating is shipping off to basic training for the Marines at MCRD San Diego in July.