Athletics Features

  • Stastny and Butler Come Home to Chaminade

    Today, Chaminade proudly welcomed Paul Stastny ‘04 and Chris Butler ’05 back to campus for a surprise visit at an all-school assembly in the world class Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. Earlier this summer, it was announced that the Chaminade hockey alumni were coming home to play for the St. Louis Blues.

    The Chaminade student body was unknowingly treated to a surprise, star-studded event slated as an all-school assembly to review the details of their new block schedule. They were pleasantly surprised to see Blues radio play-by-play broadcaster Chris Kerber, poised to interview Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and General Manager Doug Armstrong.

    A few minutes into the interview, Kerber teed up a video highlighting the homecoming of two of Chaminade’s own to play for their hometown team – the St. Louis Blues. The video featuring Phillip Phillip’s song, “Home” set the tone of the event with emotional shots of St. Louis landmarks, Scottrade Center, footage of their NHL careers, vintage shots of their days in Chaminade Hockey and the Chaminade campus. It ended with a slide exclaiming “Welcome Home Paul and Chris.” Kerber then invited the students to get out their cell phones for “something big!”

    Much to the surprise and excitement of the 809 Chaminade students, Paul Stastny and Chris Butler were waiting in the wings donning their Chaminade Red Devil hockey jerseys. The Chaminade Fight Song blared and red strobe lights panned the audience. The students knew that something amazing was about to happen. Stastny and Butler rushed into the audience, high fiving and fist bumping students and teachers all the way down the aisle until they reached the stage and joined Kerber, Hitchcock and Armstrong. The students were wild with excitement and were on their feet cheering, clapping, hooting, taking pictures with their phones and Tweeting to #WeAreChaminade and posting to Instagram, Vine and Snapchat.

    Click here to see an interview with Paul Stastny.

    Click here to see an interview with Chris Butler.

    Click here to see a video of the event.

    Click here to see a photo gallery.

    Click here to see a Chaminade photo gallery.

    When the crowd finally quieted, Kerber invited Doug Butler, Chris’ dad, to join them on stage. They talked about what it meant to their family to have their son playing for the home team. The crowd couldn’t help but notice that Mr. Butler had something in his lap. To their surprise and delight, he presented Chris and Paul with their new St. Louis Blues jerseys, which were set to be publicly unveiled later that day at the Blues Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village. The next thing the crowd knew, Paul and Chris removed their Chaminade jerseys to don their new Blues jerseys. Everyone cheered at the sight of these Chaminade alumni - the latest professional athletes to call St. Louis home again. But it wasn’t over yet; Kerber had yet another surprise. He called Ellis Burgett ’15 and Luke Radetic ’16, members of the Chaminade Red Devil Hockey Team, to come forward to receive their Chaminade hockey jerseys from Paul Stastny and Chris Butler!

    Once again, the students erupted as Ellis and Luke ran to the stage to meet the hockey stars. The presentation ended with an epic group selfie featuring Paul, Chris, Ellis and Luke joined by Hitchcock, Army, and Kerber with the entire Chaminade student body gathered in the background.

    Special guests were in attendance to join Paul and Chris for their homecoming to Chaminade - Mark Heffernan ’82, Chaminade’s Board of Trustees Chair; along with several members of the Chaminade Hockey Board - Matt Hrubes ’91, President; Chris Coulter ’92, Joe Radetic; former teammate, Tom Brooks '04, former teammate; and several members of the Blues front office, including Tom Stillman, Chairman and Governor.

    Chaminade extends its thanks to the St. Louis Blues organization for graciously hosting this event on their campus and to John Eilermann ’82, whose leadership was instrumental in making this event possible,

    Stastny and Butler Come Home

    Paul Stastny, a center, accepted a four-year offer to join the St. Louis Blues over as many as a dozen others from around the league. Stastny has been entrenched for a decade with the Colorado Avalanche and Denver University for a decade, but the son and younger brother of two ex-Blues players chose to return to his roots.

    The former Chaminade College Prep player will wear the No. 26 of his Hockey Hall of Fame father, Peter, when he takes the ice for the season opener Oct. 9 at Scottrade Center — about 20 minutes from where he and his older brother, Yan, grew up in Chesterfield.

    “I wanted to go somewhere I was comfortable with and somewhere I know the lay of the land a little bit,” Stastny, said. “I was in a good position. I had good teams interested in me. I think in the end, you almost have to take a step back, take all of the emotions out of it and try to realize what’s best for me hockey-wise, not just next year, but two or three or four years down the road. My family and I thought that going to St. Louis would probably be the best hockey decision for me.”

    With Paul’s signing, the Stastny family will be the first trio in franchise history to play for the same organization. Peter Stastny finished his Hall of Fame career after playing 23 games with the Blues covering the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons; Yan Stastny suited up in 50 games from 2007-10 and Paul will begin his career with the Blues this season. There are five other father-son combos who have both worn the Blue Note.

    A two-time Olympian with the United States, Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points for the Colorado Avalanche last season and 5 goals and 10 points in seven playoff games. He has played eight seasons in the NHL.

    Chris Butler, a defenseman, will wear No. 25 next season for the St. Louis Blues after signing a two-way contract, meaning he will be paid an NHL salary when he's on the Blues' roster and a minor-league salary if he's assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago. This took place two weeks after Paul Stastny agreed to a four-year contract with his home team, "It's pretty exciting," Butler said, "getting the opportunity to put on the jersey that I've watched ever since I was a little kid, the jersey that I was watching when I fell in love with hockey."

    Butler, who was drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Draft, has played six seasons in the NHL. He was traded to Calgary from Buffalo in 2011 and has spent the past three seasons with the Flames.

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  • Jayson Tatum ’16 Wins Gold at World Championship

    Chaminade congratulates Jayson Tatum '16 and the U.S. Team who won gold at the U17 FIBA World Championship in Dubai, UAE by beating Australia last Saturday in the finals by a score of 99-92. Tatum had 15 points in the U.S. win over Australia. Click here to read more.

    Click here to see Jayson’s complete stats from the tournament.

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  • Mark Gorman '15 Named to Post-Dispatch's Super 30

    Mark Gorman ’15 was recently featured as the No. 8 player in the Post-Dispatch Super 30. Gorman, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end for the Chaminade football team, expects to have plenty of opportunities at the next level, as reported by stltoday.com.

    “He dominated last year as a tight end,” Chaminade coach Antoine Torrey said. “We're happy to have him.”

    Gorman was the Red Devils' top receiver with 29 catches for 491 yards and two touchdowns for an offense that did much of its work on the ground. His talents attracted some Division I attention and garnered him invitations to various scouting and collegiate camps during the summer. But he injured his leg in the middle of the offseason and was not able to maximize his exposure and currently does not have a scholarship offer but he is focusing on making himself and his team better.

    The Red Devils will have a younger core this season, with much of that youth on the offensive line. Gorman has complete confidence the line is ready for the challenge. But Torrey expects he'll be there to lend a hand, too.

    “We're going to ask him to block more,” Torrey said. “He'll have to do that to go to the next level and that's what (colleges) want to see. He is fast enough to run quick routes and can be a blocking tight end. We want to show both for him.”

    Not that Gorman minds. He's quite content catching passes or locking horns with a defender. Anything he can do to help the Red Devils win is OK by him.

    “Everyone loves catching the ball,” he said. “I like blocking and I love hitting other people.”

    Gorman has done as much as he can this offseason to make himself as attractive as possible for college programs. He spent the winter working out and played baseball in the spring. He added 25 pounds between his junior and senior year.

    “I'm stronger, my hands are better and my routes are better," he said.

    The Red Devils kick off their season on Friday, August 22 at Mehlville.

    Click here to read more on stltoday.com.

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  • Tyler Cook '16 Featured on KSDK

    Tyler Cook’s stellar performance at the University of Kansas Camp, with 32 points and 11 rebounds has caught the attention of several elite college basketball program recruiters. In an interview with KSDK’s Frank Cusamano, Tyler tells how “his basketball life has changed this summer.”

    Click here to see Tyler's complete interview that was featured on KSDK this week.

    Cook, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward, was recently ranked No. 73 by Scout.com’s latest national player rankings for the Class of 2016. His teammate, Jayson Tatum ’16 took over the No. 1 spot in the country for their class.

    Cook has offers from Illinois State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Purdue, Saint Louis and SIU Carbondale. He averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for Chaminade.

    Click here to read the entire article on stltoday.com.

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  • Chris Butler '05 Signs with Blues

    Chris Butler '05 signed a two-way contract, meaning he will be paid an NHL salary of $650,000 when he's on the Blues' roster and a minor-league salary of $400,000 if he's assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.

    As reported by stltoday.com, Chaminade Prep must feel a sense of pride again today, as another one of its own has returned to St. Louis this summer to play for the Blues.

    Two weeks after Stastny agreed to a four-year contract with his home team, Butler, a defensman, came to terms on a one-year deal that may soon put him in a Blue Note.

    "It's pretty exciting," Butler said, "getting the opportunity to put on the jersey that I've watched ever since I was a little kid, the jersey that I was watching when I fell in love with hockey."

    Butler, who was drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round round in the 2005 NHL Draft, has played six seasons in the NHL. He was traded to Calgary from Buffalo in 2011 and has spent the past three seasons with the Flames.

    Butler became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    "St. Louis reached out the first or second day of free agency, talked to my agent, but things didn't sound too serious at that point," Butler said. "Then about a week ago, I was in Europe and my agent said (Ken Hitchcock) wanted to talk to me. I had a 15-minute with Hitch and just talked about a few different things. Then just this past Monday, I had a sit-down with Doug Armstrong and we went over a handful of items, where he kind of saw me fitting in. In the last 24 hours, we kind of talked numbers and came to an agreement."

    The Blues have seven defensemen on one-way contracts next season, but the organization is lacking NHL-ready depth at the position.

    Butler, who played all 82 games last season with Calgary, certainly adds experienced depth. But despite a contract situation that has him on the outside looking in, he isn't punching his ticket for the minors yet.

    "My personal goal is to come to training camp and compete for a spot," Butler said. "I have no intention of playing in the American League, even though it's a two-way deal. I feel like I'm still an NHL player ... it's just kind of a camp to take a step back and redefine myself as a player, come to a winning organization and a team and a franchise that I think is pretty close to achieving their ultimate goal."

    Butler said signing a two-way contract was made easier because it was the Blues.

    "It is tough, just the uncertainty of things," he said. "But if there was a place that I'd be willing to do it, it was obviously St. Louis. This may not be the way I had free agency panning out. You look around the league and see some of the deals being thrown around, it would be nice to have one of those. But at the end of the day, I couldn't be more excited to be a member of the organization."

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Upcoming Games

Fri Aug 29

Varsity Cross Country at McNair Park - First Capital Invitational

4:00 pm

Varsity Football vs. Timberland

7:00 pm
Sat Aug 30

C-Soccer at CBC

9:00 am - 10:30 am

B-Soccer at CBC

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Varsity Soccer at CBC

12:00 pm
Mon Sep 01

B-Soccer vs. Oakville

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tue Sep 02

B-Soccer at DeSmet

3:45 pm

JV Football at Timberland

4:30 pm
Wed Sep 03

Varsity Swimming & Diving vs. Fort Zumwalt West HS

4:00 pm

8th Grade Football vs. Kahoks - Collinsville, IL

5:30 pm

7th Grade Football vs. Kahoks - Collinsville, IL

7:00 pm
Thu Sep 04

B-Soccer at Vianney

3:45 pm

C-Soccer vs. Vianney

4:00 pm

JV Cross Country at Blackburn Park - WG - Webster Invitational

4:00 pm

C-Football at DeSmet

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Fri Sep 05

Varsity Soccer at Marquette

4:45 pm

Varsity Football vs. DeSmet

7:00 pm
Sat Sep 06

Varsity Swimming & Diving at Marquette Relays

Varsity Cross Country at Sioux Passage - Paul Enke Invitational

8:00 am

7th Grade Football at Affton

9:00 am

8th Grade Football at Affton

10:30 am

Varsity Soccer at St. Viator

11:00 am
Mon Sep 08

C-Soccer at SLUH

4:00 pm

JV Football vs. DeSmet

6:30 pm
Tue Sep 09

B-Soccer vs. Kirkwood

4:00 pm

Varsity Swimming & Diving at Marquette

4:15 pm

Varsity Soccer vs. Kirkwood

5:30 pm
Wed Sep 10

C-Soccer at Oakville

4:15 pm

7th Grade Football at Brentwood MS

5:30 pm

8th Grade Football at Brentwood MS

7:00 pm
Thu Sep 11

7th Grade Soccer vs. Westminster

4:00 pm

Varsity Soccer at Priory

4:15 pm

B-Soccer at Priory

4:15 pm

Varsity Swimming & Diving at Ladue/Lafayette

4:15 pm

C-Football at SLUH

4:30 pm

8th Grade Soccer vs. Westminster

5:15 pm
Fri Sep 12

6th Grade Soccer at Affton - Rogers Middle School

4:15 pm

Varsity Football vs. SLUH

7:00 pm

Athletics

Athletics Poll 2

Your Information
Which level of Chaminade Athletics information do you follow?

Scoreboard:

Wed Aug 27
B-SoccerPostp.
Hazelwood West
Wed Aug 27
Varsity SoccerPostp.
Hazelwood West
Wed Aug 27
Varsity Swimming & Diving109Win
DeSmet60More
Mon Aug 25
JV FootballCanc.
Mehlville
Sat Aug 23
Varsity Soccer3Win
SLUH0
Sat Aug 23
B-Soccer0Tie
SLUH0
Sat Aug 23
C-Soccer2Loss
SLUH3More
Fri Aug 22
Varsity Football50Win
Mehlville7More