Athletics Features

  • 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, 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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  • Bradley Beal '11 Hosts Chaminade Camp

    Washington Wizards NBA player and former Chaminade star, Bradley Beal ’11 returned to Chaminade on July 1-3 to teach basketball skills along with proper hydration and heat safety to more than 100 kids as part of Gatorade's Beat the Heat program.

    He was joined by his entire family, including his parents and four brothers as well as several former Chaminade teammates and his trainer, Drew Hanlen. David Lee '01, fellow Chaminade alum and NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, stopped by the final day of the camp and the nearly 100 camp participants were thrilled by the presence of two NBA players.

    It’s been just three years since Beal graduated from Chaminade as the Post-Dispatch All-Metro player of the year after a senior season in which he averaged 32.4 points per game and was named the National Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year.

    Since then he’s been named All-Southeastern Conference and made an Elite Eight appearance with the University of Florida, been selected No. 3 in the NBA draft and solidified a spot in the Wizards’ backcourt, 2,029 career NBA points and a playoff victory to his credit before his 21st birthday.

    After averaging 17.1 points per game last season - placing him second on the team in scoring- and 19.2 points in 11 playoff games, he is preparing for his third NBA season, during which the Wizards will look to improve on this spring’s playoff appearance, their first since 2008.

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  • Coach Chiburis On The Radio

    Coach Chiburis was featured on The Sports Wake Up with Dan Kertz. He was interviewed about Chaminade Baseball. Listen to the recording at: Coach C.mp3

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  • Tyler Wood '10 Drafted by San Diego Padres

    Tyler Wood '10 was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

    Wood, the 12th pick of the 37th round and 1,107th overall selection, is a right-handed pitcher who went 5-2 with a 4.73 earned run average in 18 appearances for the Furman University Paladins in 2014. He propelled them into the semifinal round of last month's Southern Conference Tournament by tossing eight and 2/3 innings of two-hit ball without allowing an earned run in Furman's 3-1 victory over Appalachian State.

    The 6-foot-4 right-hander, who fanned 55 batters and walked 19 in 66 and 1/3 innings of work as a senior, held SoCon regular season champion Western Carolina to only one run on seven hits in eight innings during a 6-1, series clinching victory over the Catamounts in Cullowhee, N.C., on April 13.

    Wood was a member of Chaminade's Varsity Baseball Team his sophomore, junior and senior year. During his senior year, the team's record was 16-9 and went all the way to the district championship. Tyler threw two complete-game shutouts. Tyler was also a Lamourous House Captain during his senior year.

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  • Trevor Allen '15 Places 3rd in State Singles Tennis

    Congratulations to Trevor Allen '15 who placed 3rd in the MSHSAA Class 2 State Tennis Singles Tournament in Springfield, MO. Trevor won his first two matches and was the only St. Louis area player to advance to the Final 4, but lost to Micah Klousia from Glendale High School (Springfield, MO) in the semi-finals on Saturday, May 31. He went on to win his third place match against Paul Province from Blue Springs South High School.

    Chaminade congratulates Trevor on improving on his 6th place finish at last year’s State Tournament.

    Click here to access the MSHSAA site to see the results.

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