Alumni Kevin Collins among 2017 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees
ALUMNI KEVIN COLLINS AMONG 2017 U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Today, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame released the names of the 2017 Class. NHLOA Alumni, linesman Kevin Collins is among this year’s inductees with Jack Parker, Ben Smith, Ron Wilson and Scott Young. Collins nomination is an outstanding milestone as he will be the second only to be inducted into the officiating category in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Forty-three years went by without any official being selected to this prestigious group since William “Bill” Chadwick was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
“K.C.” like his peers and players used to call him, had a terrific NHL career of 28 years (1977-2005) including 12 Stanley Cup Finals. Collins a well respected individual among the NHLOA members and Alumni served on the executive board for several years including a term as president of the association.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate Alumni Kevin Collins for this outstanding achievement. Well done “K.C.”!
From the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame press release:
Officiating at the highest levels of hockey for parts of four decades, Kevin Collins (Springfield, Mass.) became one of the game’s most respected officials, accumulating a résumé that includes more than 2,000 NHL games as a linesman. His 296 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs rank as the most by an American official. And his 32 games in the Stanley Cup Finals place him second among American officials behind only William “Bill” Chadwick, whose induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame preceded Collins’ by 43 years. Upon Collins’ formal induction, he and Chadwick will stand as the only Hall inductees to earn enshrinement exclusively for their accomplishments as on-ice officials.
Known for his integrity, athleticism and strong skating ability, Collins worked 28 years in the NHL (1977-2005), including 12 appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals. His career also included working four Canada Cup tournaments, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in addition to a pair of NHL All-Star Games (1988 and 1993).
Collins was a pioneer in the development of officiating as a whole. In 1974, he founded the Western New England School of Officiating which, at the time, was the only officiating school conducted in the U.S. and provided the foundation for hundreds of budding professional officials. In 1983, Collins helped USA Hockey create its Officiating Summer Development Camp program and its officiating manual series, both of which remain in use and serve as core components of USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program. Collins also taught at numerous USA Hockey officiating camps and seminars.
Beyond his service as an on-ice official, Collins has also volunteered countless hours to amateur hockey in Massachusetts, serving as a youth hockey coach and director while also coordinating free officiating workshops throughout New England.
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