Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves filled the two assistant coaching vacancies on his staff Friday with Bill Butters, 59, and Gary Shuchuk, 43. The Eaves assistants who left at the end of the season were Kevin Patrick, to become head coach of the U.S. Hockey League expansion Muskegon (Mich.) team, and Mark Osiecki, to become head coach at Ohio State. Eaves had approached former Minnesota Duluth assistant Steve Rohlik about coming to Wisconsin before Rohlik became an associate head coach coach at Ohio State, joining Osiecki.
Butters, from St. Paul, played at the University of Minnesota and then in the NHL and World Hockey Association as a defenseman, and was a Doug Woog assistant at Minnesota from 1985-95. Recently, Butters has worked with Hockey Ministries International, where he has staffed and coached hockey camps. Schuchuk, a former Wisconsin All-American playing in 1986-90, played in 142 NHL games as a center. He was an assistant coach in the American Hockey League in 2003-04 with Springfield. Since 2008, he has served as coach for Team Wisconsin U16 and has guided the team to back-to-back Tier I National Championship tournaments, and has been executive director of Madison Ice, Inc., where he oversees the daily operations of Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison.
Following his time with Minnesota, Butters assumed the role of co-head coach at Bethel College through 1998, before taking over as head coach of his former team at White Bear Lake High School until 2002.