Chris Collins (ice hockey)

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Chris Collins
Born (1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 30)
Fairport, NY, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
ECHL team
Former teams
Bakersfield Condors
Providence Bruins
Lukko Rauma
Augsburger Panther
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Springfield Falcons
Norfolk Admirals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

Chris Collins (born June 8, 1984 in Fairport, New York) is a professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Chris is the son of Anne and Glenn Collins; he has 3 siblings. He graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

He began his junior hockey career with the Rochester Jr B Americans. He made his mark in his single season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He gained 2001–02 USHL All-Rookie Team honors, while also gaining the Buccaneers' Most Outstanding Rookie honor. He also got the Landmark Award, given annually to the Buccaneer fans' favorite player. While Playing for the Buccaneers Collins had 65 points—26 goals and 39 assists—in 60 regular-season games that season. He also won the team's scoring title and finished as the USHL's top-scoring rookie.

As a freshman at Boston College in 2002–03 Collins played in all 39 games, registering 23 points - 11 goals and 12 assists—making him the team's top-scoring freshman. He also racked up 16 points - eight goals and eight assists - in Hockey East action; he had five multiple-point games, two game-winning goals and three power-play goals, finished the season at +9 and earned 2002–2003 Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors. He scored his first collegiate goal in his first game at UMass.

As a sophomore at Boston College in 2003–04 Collins played in 41 games, including all 24 Hockey East contests. He racked up 19 points - nine goals and 10 assists; he recorded 14 points - seven goals and seven assists - in Hockey East action and finished the season +11 and had three multiple-point games. He also tallied two power-play goals and two game-winning goals and scored two goals, including the game-winner, against UMass Lowell.

As a junior at Boston College in 2004–05, Collins played in all 40 games, including all 24 Hockey East contests. He recorded 17 points - nine goals and eight assists -; he recorded nine points - three goals and six assists - in league action and finished the season +7, totaled 146 shots on the season, ranking second on the team and second in the league (behind teammate Patrick Eaves) and had three multiple-point games, including one multiple-goal game in Hockey East action. He also tallied two game-winning goals, two shorthanded goals and one power-play goal and scored two goals against North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round in Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

As a senior at Boston College in 2005–06, Collins tallied 63 points - 34 goals and 29 assists; he led Hockey East in scoring, tied for most points in the nation with Minnesota's Ryan Potulny and was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Collins helped guide the Eagles to the Frozen Four - their sixth trip in the last nine years. He earned all-tournament team honors after notching a hat trick against North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament's semifinal-round victory in Milwaukee. Collins also captured NCAA East first-team All-America honors and Hockey East's Player of the Year award last winter.

Professional[edit]

Collins signed a two-year entry level deal with the Boston Bruins and their general manager Peter Chiarelli on July 12, 2006.[2] In his two years within the Bruins organization, Collins played primarily with American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Prior to the 2008–09 season, Collins signed in Europe with Finnish team Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga on July 10, 2008. After posting 3 goals in 19 games with Lukko, Collins was released and moved to German DEL club, Augsburger Panther on November 11, 2008.[3]

Completing his second year with Augsburger in the 2009–10 season, Collins signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh Penguins AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on July 28, 2010.[4]

Collins returned to Germany the following season, signing a one-year contract with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers on June 27, 2011.[5]

On December 10, 2012, Collins signed a Professional Tryout Agreement with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL on loan from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. He later returned for a second stint with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to complete the 2012–13 season.

On August 28, 2013, Collins signed a one-year ECHL contract as a free agent with the Bakersfield Condors.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Rochester Junior Americans NAHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 60 26 39 65 112 3 1 2 3 10
2002–03 Boston College HE 39 11 12 23 53
2003–04 Boston College HE 41 9 10 19 42
2004–05 Boston College HE 40 9 8 17 58
2005–06 Boston College HE 42 34 29 63 26
2006–07 Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL 51 18 19 37 79
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 17 2 0 2 12 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 72 22 19 41 75 10 1 3 4 10
2008–09 Lukko Rauma SM-l 19 3 2 5 10
2008–09 Augsburger Panther DEL 33 14 19 33 59 4 2 2 4 0
2009–10 Augsburger Panther DEL 47 23 23 46 91 14 7 3 10 10
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 77 13 21 34 47 12 3 2 5 12
2011–12 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 45 11 22 33 85
2012–13 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 8 1 1 2 4
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 20 1 3 4 8 13 2 3 5 8
2013–14 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 61 16 28 44 67 15 4 7 11 8
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 2
AHL totals 192 38 43 81 144 36 6 8 14 30

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2002–03
All-Hockey East First Team 2005–06
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2005–06
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2006 [7]
  • 2005–06: Walter Brown Award (top American-born college hockey player in New England)[8]
  • Paul Hines Award (Most Improved Player)
  • Herb Gallagher Award (Top Forward)
  • Leonard Fowle Award (Most Valuable Player)
  • 2005–06 Hobey Baker Runner-Up
  • 2010 Keuka Lake Olympic Champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Collins- Boston College Eagles Biography". Boston College Eagles. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Bruins agree to terms on contract with BC's Chris Collins". Boston Bruins. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Augsburger sign North American from Lukko" (in German). Augsburger Panther. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Penguins sign forward Chris Collins". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Collins aims to strengthen the attack of the Ice Tigers" (in German). kicker.de. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Prolific scorer Collins and rookie Pageau added". Bakersfield Condors. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  7. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ "BC's Collins wins Walter Brown Award". USCHO.com. 2006-08-17. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Eaves
Hockey East Player of the Year
2005–06
Succeeded by
John Curry
Preceded by
Patrick Eaves
Ryan Shannon
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
(Shared With Cory Schneider)

2005–06
Succeeded by
John Curry