Dinos’ Collins named October’s Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month

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November 1, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the Western Hockey League proudly announce that former Saskatoon Blades forward Chris Collins from the University of Calgary Dinos is the WHL men’s hockey Graduate of the Month for October, and initial monthly winner for the 2013-14 season.

Collins becomes the 26th monthly winner for the Dinos, with forward Brock Nixon being the last Dino to win the award back in February.

Collins is one of 168 Canada West men’s hockey players to receive a WHL Scholarship for the 2013-14 season and there were 305 awarded in total.

The award is voted on by all Canada West men’s hockey coaches. Each monthly winner throughout the season receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag. Canada West will also honour winners at a home game and he will be invited to make a guest appearance on the WHL Radio Show.

Collins, an Arts major playing his hometown of Calgary, has made a name for himself early in his rookie season with the Dinos. Collins scored nine times and added five assists for 14 points in his first eight CIS games, helping lead Calgary to an 8-0-0 record, tied for first place and ranked #3 by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The 6-1 forward leads Canada West, with nine goals, and sits second with 14 points.

Highlights of the month for Collins include a goal in his very first university game on October 4th, a win at Regina, a four-game scoring streak from October 12-25 and a three-game span where he scored seven goals (Oct. 12-19). He was named the game’s First Star four times – October 5th at Regina, Oct. 12 vs. UBC, Oct. 18 & 19 at/vs. Lethbridge, and assisted on an overtime game-winning goal Oct. 25 at Manitoba.

The fact Collins has stood out during all four weekend series’ is a testament to his skill level and leadership.

Now 21 years old, Collins spent five years playing in the Western Hockey League after being selected 77th overall by Chilliwack in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. From 2007-08 to 2010-11 he remained with the Bruins before being traded in November 2010, when he headed off to spend the remainder of 2010-11 and all of the 2011-12 season with the Saskatoon Blades. Over his five years, he had 37 goals and 71 assists for 108 points, while going +25 in 200 regular season games. During three playoff appearances, Collins had 1-4-5 in 19 games.

Career statistics for Chris Collins, courtesy the WHL Network: (whl.ca/roster/show/id/892):

Regular Season Playoffs

                                           GP    G    A    Pts   PIM +/- GP   G   A   Pts   PIM +/-

2007-08 Chilliwack WHL      2     0    1    1       0    -1

2008-09 Chilliwack WHL      4     2    1    3      0      3

2009-10 Chilliwack WHL     69    9   23  32    33    -1    5    0     1    1      0    -3

2010-11 Chilliwack WHL     13    1    4    5      2      2

2010-11 Saskatoon WHL   56   18  23   41   25    +24 10  1     3     4      0   +5

2011-12 Saskatoon WHL   56    7   19   26   14    -2     4   0     0     0      0    -1

2013-14 Calgary CWUAA    8     9    5    14    2     +9

Canada West Totals           8     9    5    14    2     +9

WHL Totals                      200   37  71  108  74    +25 19   1     4    5      0     +1

Former teammates from the WHL who have turned pro include Calgary Flames forward Roman Horak, Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn and 2012 Winnipeg Jets Draft pick Lukas Sutter.

Other nominees for October’s Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month were Jordan Rowley (Alberta), Jesse Paradis (Manitoba) and Cass Mappin (Lethbridge).

Statistics for Chris Collins in October:

Date           Opponent      Result     G-A-P   +/-   Notes

October 4    at Regina      W,5-2     1-1-2   +1   GWG, 8 shots

October 5    at Regina      W,4-1     1-0-1   +1   1st Star

October 11  vs. UBC         W,3-1     0-0-0     E

October 12  vs. UBC         W,9-5      3-2-5   +5  1st Star, 2nd period hat trick, 9 shots

October 18  at Lethbridge W,4-1     2-0-2   +2 1st Star

October 19  vs. Lethbridge W,5-2    2-0-2   E   1st Star, 4 shots

October 25  at Manitoba    W,4-3 (OT) 0-2-2 E assist on GWG, 4 shots

October 26  at Manitoba    W,5-3    0-0-0 E

TOTALS                              8-0       9-5-14   +9  1st Star x 4, 1 GWG, 37 shots

University of Calgary Dinos to win “Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month” (26)

                                   No.            Months

Dustin Butler (G)          3               Feb. 10, Dec. 10, Mar. 12

Tracey Katelnikoff (F)   2               Feb. 94, Mar. 95

Jason Krywulak (F)      2               Nov. 95, Oct. 97

Reid Jorgensen (F)      2               Feb. 08, Feb. 11

Mark Fioretti (F)          1               Jan. 90

Peter Fry (G)               1               Feb. 90

Wayne Hynes (F)        1               Oct. 90

Todd Sceviour(F)        1                Dec. 91

Jaret Burgoyne (G)     1               Jan. 93

Sean Krakiwsky (F)     1              Jan. 94

Trevor Couldwell (F)    1              Mar. 96

Mark Dawkins (G)        1              Jan. 97

Eric Schneider (F)        1              Feb. 99

Ron Grimard (F)           1              Feb. 00

Aaron Baker (G)          1              Feb. 01

Scott Rideout (G)        1              Nov. 01

Wade Davis (F)          1               Feb. 05

Jarret Lukin (F)          1               Nov. 05

Jared Aulin (F)           1               Jan. 08

Brock Nixon (F)          1               Feb. 12

Chris Collins (F)         1               Oct. 13

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