The Sabres have named Jason Botterill as the eighth general manager in team history. Here are Five Things to Know about Buffalo’s new hockey boss.
1. His family enjoys success.
Botterill’s mother, Doreen, was a Canadian Olympian in speed skating in 1964 and 1968. His aunt, Donna McCannell, represented Canada in speed skating in the 1972 Games. Botterill’s father, Cal, is a pioneer in sport psychology and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Botterill’s sister, Jennifer, has trumped them all. She played hockey for Canada in four Olympics, winning golds in 2002, 2006 and 2010, plus a silver medal in 1998.
CONGRATULATIONS Jason! https://t.co/FsWIalwo0l
— Jennifer Botterill (@JenBotterill) May 11, 2017
Jason Botterill helped Michigan win the 1996 NCAA title and was part of three Canadian gold-medal teams in the world juniors.
2. He’s young but experienced.
Concussions forced Botterill to retire as a player at age 28, allowing him to return to the University of Michigan and earn a master’s in business administration. After a year of scouting for Dallas, the Pittsburgh Penguins hired him in 2007. The 40-year-old has steadily risen up their management chart, including the last three seasons as associate general manager.
3. He knew how to score.
Though not fleet-footed on the ice, Botterill found the net. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward scored 104 goals in 150 games at Michigan. He led the Rochester Americans with 37 goals in 64 games in 2002-03.
He played 88 games in the NHL for Dallas, Calgary, Atlanta and Buffalo, recording five goals and 14 points.
4. Internships paved the career path.
Botterill worked as an intern for NHL Central Registry, which maintains information about all the players. He helped with arbitration cases, and he loved it.
"It really captured me,” Botterill told MGoBlue.com in 2009. “Just something about it really clicked. It was as close as I could be to hockey, without me getting to be on the ice."
Congrats to Jason Botterill on his new venture as the Sabres GM. He was a integral part of the Pens over the past 10 yrs. We wish him well.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 11, 2017
5. He’s a leader.
Botterill was the captain at Michigan and during his minor-league career. The Sabres, who are preaching discipline, structure, communication and character, are expecting him to guide the organization off the ice.
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