TORONTO, Ontario-- Sophomore forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was taken in the NHL Draft on Sunday that was held at the Air Canada Centre. The Colorado Avalanche took Collins with the 289th pick in the ninth round. Collins, a 5-9, 177-pound forward, tallied 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in his freshman season at UNH.
Collins was named the New England and Hockey East Rookie of the Year for his efforts and was also named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. He was also a finalist for the Walter Brown Award presented annually to the top American-born college hockey player in New England.
The Wildcats currently have eight players who have been selected in the NHL draft and 69 all-time picks taken in the NHL Early Entry Draft. Other than Collins, the other seven current Wildcats who have been drafted are: Jim Abbott (Pittsburgh), Justin Aikins (Columbus), Michael Ayers (Chicago), Patrick Foley (Pittsburgh), Colin Hemingway (St. Louis), Nathan Martz (New York Rangers) and Tyler Scott (New York Islanders).