By Guntas Romana – Silvertips staff writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Possessing an imposing frame and rigid backbone are elements easily tied into success as a hockey player. Dawson Butt, at 6-foot-2, is a forward entering his third season facing opportunity with those qualities after lacing up for back-to-back U.S. Division title teams.
Nearly cracking the double digit barrier last season in a depth role, he filled in for key minutes during the notable absence of several Silvertips during the middle of the season, out due to injuries. In the season finale with many regulars resting for the playoffs, Butt delivered a notable insurance goal in the second period to help sink the Victoria Royals, 5-1 on the stage before a sellout crowd in downtown Everett.
The Pierce County native isn’t glossing over how summer and opportunity go hand-in-hand.
From the man himself:
HOW HE EVOLVED: “I think just growing up and maturing a little bit and getting used to the type of hockey in the WHL… also my quickness and how I can think quicker.”
PERSONAL GOALS FOR THIS SEASON: “Obviously I’d like to get more ice time [and] grow as a player [and] as an adult or a man I could say but mostly just trying to be as successful as I can for the team and really want to win a WHL championship.”
STEPS HE TOOK TO GET BETTER: “Mostly my physical and mental abilities such as getting stronger [and] faster for my physical [abilities]. Then just getting my head more mentally in the game and just mentally preparing myself as well.”
THIS YEAR’S OFF SEASON ROUTINE: “I’ve been using a 40 pound weight vest doing uphill sprints… then I do [sprints] on football fields with my 40lbs weight vest too and that’s really kind of new to me. I do that every other day then on other days I’ll do like a skate or a workout then go on a run… usually two workouts a day.”
HOCKEY IMPROVEMENTS FROM A TECHNICAL STANDPOINT: “Probably my skating and my hands, basically just better skating better with my edges then quicker hands. Those sprints that I do really help with my feet… then I do certain drills on the ice with cones doing tight turns… then I mix in some hand drills in between those.”
HOW FAMILY HELPED YOUR HOCKEY JOURNEY: “Practices were always hard to get to growing up because they were an hour and a half away (in Buckley, WA) and I had to do those everyday so just the dedication of that with my mom and dad taking me there. Growing up always getting good [hockey] gear… just the dedication… we’d have to drive up to Canada on weekends. So just basically everything all around.”