2016 Paul Butra

For more than 30 years, Paul Butra has been integral in growing the sport of basketball in the Yukon, and on Thursday he’ll be recognized with an induction into the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame. Butra will be inducted in the Builder category, joining more than 50 Yukoners who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of amateur sport in the territory.

Since arriving in the Yukon in 1983, Butra has been a prominent figure on the sport scene, immediately stepping in as an official for Basketball Yukon. He is now a Level 3 certified basketball official, and will be the Head Official for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith-Fort Liard. He has previously held that position at several Arctic Winter Games, and also sat as Chair of Officials during the 2007 Canada Winter Games.

In his capacity as head official, Butra organized officials from participating jurisdictions, trained and worked with table staff, and ensured each venue had all the required equipment and floor markings.

Butra has spearheaded many referee training sessions and clinics in the Yukon by bringing in official CABO training facilitators, and also mentored many local referees on his own. He is a fixture in school gymnasiums during basketball season, and often can be found officiating games every night of the week.

Beyond his work as an official, Butra is also a certified Level 3 NCCP coach. He was the basketball coach at Porter Creek High School for four years, assistant coach for the Yukon U-19 rep team from 1999 to 2000, and the coordinator for the Steve Nash basketball program in 1999. Butra served as President of Basketball Yukon from 1989 to 2003, and was a member of Basketball Canada’s President’s Council from 1995 to 2003. He currently sits on Sport Yukon’s Board of Directors.

His passion for sport in the territory, and in particular his dedication to the game of basketball and the officiating committee, have not gone unnoticed. Butra was officially inducted into the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 41st Annual Sport Yukon Awards on December 15th, 2016 at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.