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Bill Collins
Bill Collins
Right Wing
Number: 22
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 178
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 13, 1943
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
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Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Mickey Redmond and Guy Charron for Frank Mahovlich on January 13, 1971.
Like so many other struggling professional hockey players, mired in the confines of the minor leagues, Bill Collins can thank NHL expansion for his having the opportunity to have played in the elite league. After toiling in the minors for four years, Collins, and others like him, got the chance to play hockey at the highest level when the league doubled in size from six to 12 teams for the 1967-68 season. Collins signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota North Stars. In 71 games that year, he scored nine times and had 20 points.

In 1968-69, Collins again scored nine goals in a 19-point season. The following year he potted a career-high 29 goals for the North Stars. In 1970-71, he joined the Montreal Canadiens for 40 games in a trade that sent Jude Drouin to Minnesota before being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, where he enjoyed the best years of his career. In 1971-72 and 1972-73, Collins scored 40 and 42 points, respectively. Midway through the 1973-74 season he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings.

Collins also had a 50-game stopover with the Rangers in New York in 1975-76 but found himself on the move again the following season, starting the year with the Philadelphia Flyers. That experiment lasted just nine games before he was moved to the Washington Capitals, where he finished out the balance of his NHL career.

In an 11-year NHL career, Collins played 768 games, scoring 157 goals and 311 points.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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