A strange season for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team became even more peculiar Wednesday when assistant coach Bill Butters abruptly resigned, effectively immediately.
Butters, in his third year as the top assistant to UW coach Mike Eaves, was in charge of defensemen and the penalty kill. In a press release, Eaves said he's in the process of searching for a replacement to join him and the remaining assistant, Gary Shuchuk.
"I can't thank Bill enough for the time he spent with our program,'' Eaves said in the release.
"I believe it's time for me to move on from coaching,'' Butters said in the release.
The highly unusual move is the latest in a series of odd headlines that have emerged from the UW camp since the season officially began a month ago.
It started with freshman winger Nic Kerdiles being suspended by the NCAA for 10 games for violating its code of amateurism.
It continued with senior center and assistant captain Derek Lee being injured in a scooter vs. car accident that caused him to miss two games.
That was followed by a broken finger suffered by junior center and top returning scorer Mark Zengerle, an injury that required surgery and will sideline him for four to six weeks.
The Badgers are 1-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. They're in the midst of a bye week.