Marlborough—Mayor Vigeant proudly announced June 26th that this year’s Grand Marshal is longtime resident, Olympian, and community contributor Robert (Bobby) Butler.
The Marlborough Labor Day Parade Committee requested nominations of individuals who live in Marlborough who have contributed to the community.
“We are proud to select Bobby Butler as our 2018 Marlborough Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal. Bobby’s perseverance, hard work, and pride in his community set a great example foreveryone in our community; particularly our young members. His desire to share his skills and talent by giving back are what being a parade Grand Marshal is all about” says Mayor Vigeant.
Born in 1987, Butler was raised in the City of Marlborough. He is the son of Wendy and “Coach” John Butler. Butler and his wife Lisa have two children, Vincent and Beckham.
Butler joined the Marlborough High School varsity hockey team in eighth grade. During Butler’s
senior year he led Marlborough High School to its 2005 state championship. His outstanding
goal record is memorialized on a Navin Arena banner, serving as an inspiration for younger
Butler continued his stellar career playing for the University of New Hampshire’s team as part of
the class of 2010 and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the best college
hockey player of the year. Butler had a successful pro hockey career in the AHL, NHL, and
Europe. Butler also represented his country at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2013 and
at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea playing for Team USA.
Butler is known throughout Marlborough not only for his hockey career, but also for his dedication to the community and the example he sets.
Butler has coached numerous Marlborough Hockey teams, has worked tirelessly to secure sports items for the Mayor’s Charity Ball and other area charities, and has created New England Sports Center’s Shoot to Score Hockey School program to teach and encourage aspiring hockey players.
Bobby will lead this year’s parade which steps off at noon on September 3, 2018.