Butch Goring

Robert Thomas " Butch" Goring ( born October 22, 1949 in Saint -Boniface, Manitoba ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach, who from 1969 to 1985 for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League played. As a coach, led the four-time Stanley Cup winner, the Krefeld Penguins in the season 2002 /03 championship title in the DEL.

  • 5.1 As a player
  • 5.2 As a coach

Career as a player

Butch Goring was taken by the Los Angeles Kings at position 51 in the NHL Amateur Draft 1969. He also started the same in autumn at the Kings, played parallel to the farm team, the Springfield Kings in the AHL. 1970-71 he led Springfield in the playoffs to win the Calder Cup. Goring was in the playoffs leading scorer, best assist provider and best scorer.

In the following eight years in Los Angeles he was known for his skills in Bullies, on the defensive and in outnumbered situations and he scored in four different seasons more than 30 goals. In 1978 the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy awarded him. On the one hand for his playing skills in conjunction with fairness and on the other for his dedication and perseverance to the Hockey. In March 1980 he moved to the New York Islanders, where he was one of the key players that the first Stanley Cup took a few months later for the Islanders. In the following three years, she repeated the success. Goring was this 1981 Conn Smythe Trophy awarded the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. From 1982 to Goring was parallel to his playing career still working as an assistant coach with the Islanders.

During the 1985/86 season he was released by the New York Islanders and played the rest of the season with league rivals Boston Bruins, where he took up the position as head coach at the start of next season. Despite a relatively positive note, he was released in 1987 and was hired for the rest of the season in the Nova Scotia Oilers of the AHL as a player. After he finished his playing career finally.

With the Canadian national team Goring took part in the Canada Cup in 1981 and won the team silver medal. During the tournament, the attacker came to seven missions and scored five points.

NHL stats

Career as a coach

He coached the following years, the farm team of the New York Islanders in the AHL and a team of the WHL. In 1993 he took over the team IHL Las Vegas Thunder, who have won 52 of 82 games. After the season he moved to the IHL farm team for the New York Islanders, the Denver Grizzlies. There he was able to continue his successful work and won the championship in the first year. In the summer, the team moved to Utah and was then called Utah Grizzlies. Goring could repeat with the team's success last year and won the championship again. In both years, he was awarded the Commissioner's Trophy as the best coach of the IHL.

By the summer of 1999, he coached the Grizzlies, he was promoted to head coach of the New York Islanders. The team had long gone the splendor of days as Goring was a player still and played for the last time in 1994 in the playoffs. In the two years in which Goring was coach of the Islanders, who could not change a thing and he made room for a new head coach. The 2001-02 season, he coached in the WCHL the Anchorage Aces, but was released after a few months there.

In January, he took over the position as head coach of Frankfurt Lions in the DEL. Missed the playoff spots but clear. During the 2002-03 season, the Krefeld Penguins committed him as their new coach. And that was crowned with success. The Penguins reached the playoff spots, Dusseldorf and Berlin off and ultimately defeated in the final of the Cologne Sharks. The next year, the work for Butch Goring was already over in Krefeld. For half of the season he was released. During the 2004-05 season, the DEG Metro Stars took him under contract. The MetroStars threatened the descent, but at the end of the season you could save himself. Dusseldorf, the team decided to restructure itself and looked for a new coach.

So far, Butch Goring has taken no new job as a coach.

Coach stations


  • He has in his NHL career in 1107 playing conceded only 102 penalty minutes. No player in the history of the NHL, who has completed more than 1000 games was so seldom sent to the penalty box.
  • He was the last active player who had played already in the sixties in the NHL.

Awards and achievements

As a player

  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 1978
  • Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 1978
  • Conn Smythe Trophy 1981

As a coach

  • Turner Cup in 1995 and 1996
  • Commissioner's Trophy in 1995 and 1996 (best coach of the IHL )
  • German Champion 2003