Athlete of the week: 10 questions with Butler Chessen, New Trier hockey


Butler Chessen is a junior left winger for New Trier Green. He was selected to the All-State Team by the Illinois Amateur Hockey Association.

1. Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

I don’t have any superstitions, but I would like to take a nap before a game and maybe catch Chipotle. … Once I get to the rink, I have a pretty religious warm-up routine.

2. What would you like to do after high school?

Probably just playing club hockey in college. I don’t think I’m going to try to play college hockey.

3. What is your favorite thing to do off the ice?

I just got new puppies (Griff, 6 months, yellow Lab; Gus, 3 months, black Lab). I spent a lot of time with them.

4. What is your dream job?

Maybe like an FBI agent, a bit like James Bond. Or maybe just a dog trainer because I love dogs.

5. If you practiced another sport, what would it be?

Certainly golf. Over the past five years, I have become quite an avid golfer. I got pretty good. Like scoring a goal in hockey, a good shot is pretty satisfying.

6. What has been your sporting highlight so far?

Definitely the winner of last year’s state championship overtime. I grew up watching all the green championships (from New Trier), and winning one and scoring the winning goal is an incredible feeling.

7. If you won the lottery, what would your first purchase be?

Probably a cool car, like a BMW i8 or something.

8. If you’re at Walgreens with a few dollars, what do you buy?

Definitely Dove mini chocolates. I get a bag of them and usually finish the whole thing.

9. What don’t people know about you?

I was told to start the show “Friends” and I got pretty hooked. I watched the whole series and it makes me laugh a lot and puts me in a good mood.

10. How would you sum up this season of NT Green?

We started very slowly. Talks, we might have been the worst green team in history, but we turned things around after winter break, we continued on as a 20-game winning streak. We clinched the No. 1 seed in the state tournament. We fell short in the conference championship and then lost to VIator in the (state) semifinals, but we made lots of great memories and friends. I hope we can get a championship next year. I think we will have a great team and I am already very excited to get to work.

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