BOSTON - University of New Hampshire senior hockey player Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) will receive the Herb Gallagher Award as the Most Outstanding Forward in New England college hockey at the New England Hockey Writers Association banquet on Wednesday, April 13.
Collins, who led the UNH Wildcats to a second-place finish in Hockey East and the NCAA Northeast Regional Final, led all New England players in scoring with 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points in 42 games. He will leave UNH as the all-time leader in games played with 164, finishing in a tie for 12th on the Wildcat career points list with 173.
A ninth-round selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 NHL Draft, Collins continues to earn honors after his exemplary senior season. He previously earned Second Team All-Hockey East recognition, and he was the co-MVP of the Icebreaker Tournament held at the Whittemore Center in October. For the second time in his career, he was a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, given to the top American-born player in New England. Earlier this week, he and teammate Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) were named to the New England All-Star Team, voted on by the New England Hockey Writers Association.
This is the second special award Collins has received from the writers' organization in his collegiate career, previously earning the George Carens Award as Rookie of the Year in 2002. He becomes the seventh Wildcat to earn the Herb Gallagher Award, joining Gordie Clark (1974), Jamie Hislop (1976), Andy Brickley (1982), Jason Krog (1999), Darren Haydar (2002), and last year's recipient Steve Saviano.
The New England Hockey Writers All-Stars and award winners will be honored at the annual banquet on Wednesday, April 13.