Years Played: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
National Championship: 1996
Assistant Captain: 1997
Jason Botterill was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up predominantly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Prior to entering the University of Michigan, he played for St. Paul’s Prep.
During his four years at Michigan, he played in 150 games, during which he earned 186 points, placing him at fifteenth in all-time Michigan points. He ranks seventh with 104 career goals and had 82 assists. Jason Botterill ranks third in career power play goals (50) and thirteenth in career game-winning goals (13). He won gold medals with the Canadian World Junior Team three times during his Michigan career. He was awarded the Dekers Club Award for Best Rookie in 1994. In 1994, he was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He was named All-CCHA Second Team in 1996. In 1997, he was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team, as well as the NCAA All-Regional Team.
Jason Botterill was named to the CCHA All-Academic First Team in 1996 and 1997 and received Honorable Mention in 1995. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten At-Large in 1995, 1996, and 1997. He received recognition from the University of Michigan for Athletic Academic Achievement in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. He won the Carl Isaacson Trophy for Academic Athlete in 1995, 1996, and 1997. In 1997, he graduated from the School of Business Administration.
He played professional hockey from 1997 to 2005. During his time in the National Hockey League, he played for the Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, and Buffalo Sabres.
After his professional hockey career, he returned to the University of Michigan where he earned his Master of Business Administration from the School of Business Administration in 2007. He started working in professional hockey administration in 2007 when he became the Director of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He became General Manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2007. He played a major role in the Pittsburgh Penguin Stanley Cup championships of 2007, 2016, and 2017. He became the Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and eventually the Associate General Manager in 2014. In June 2017, he was hired by the Buffalo Sabres as their General Manager. Jason Botterill is married and has two children.
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