It’s official AIC alumnus, Kevin Collins, is to be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame!
Springfield native Kevin Collins was a three-year letter winner as a member of the men’s ice hockey team before embarking on a career in professional hockey officiating. He started in 61 games while at AIC, totaling 21 goals and 46 assists for 67 points, and was the team’s second-leading scorer in 1970-71 with 34 points.
Collins called the puck in more than 2,000 regular league games and 10 Stanley Cup finals, the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; two NHL All-Star Games, the World Cup of Hockey and the Canada Cup.
Collins’ 32 games on the lines at the Stanley Cup Finals puts him second of all time in finals games officiated, behind only William “Bill” Chadwick — the only official to beat Collins into the Hall of Fame.
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