Monday, May 28, 2018

Panthers Re-Sign Ex Vernon Viper Forward Collins:

The ERC Ingolstadt (Eishockey-und-Rollschuh club) have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Collins. 

The ERC Ingolstadt (Eishockey-und-Rollschuh club) is a German professional ice hockey club that plays in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Commonly known as the Panthers. In 52 games this season with the Panthers Collins collected (17-goals-18-assists-35-points).

Collins finished his first season with the Panthers after playing the previous two seasons with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld Penguins). The Pinguine is an ice hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. Their home is in Krefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany at the König Palast.

After four years at Merrimack College Collins turned pro in early March 2014.  Collins signed a Professional Try Out (PTO) contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Providence Bruins on March 11th 2014. Collins went pointless in four games with the Bruins was released on March 27th 2014.  On the same day Collins signed his second pro contract with the AHL Iowa Wild before being released after going pointless in six games. Collins headed to Germany where he played the 2014-15 season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Kassel Huskies. The Huskies are a professional ice hockey team based in Kassel, Hesse, Germany that play in the Deutsche Eishockey
Liga Hockey League.

Collins played two season's in Vernon (2008-2010) In 119 regular season games with the Vipers Collins recorded (55-goals-71-assists-126-points). 

Mike Collins Player Profile:

This was posted on the Panthers website:

Professionals // Friday, 12/01/2018

ERC holds Mike Collins

The ERC Ingolstadt holds forward Mike Collins. Both sides agreed on a contract till 2020. Sports manager ERC Larry Mitchell says: „ Mike is an honest worker who can, however, also scoren. He is at the best hockey age and hungry on success. “

Mitchell piloted Collins in last summer of the league rival field Kre Penguins to the Danube. Looked at the beginning still with scepticism, the 27-year-old American swung himself up fast to one of the public darlings. „ Mike plays with heart for the team, not least also in unternumber situations “, says Mitchell. „ He wants to win always and is recognized in the team. Mike has exactly fulfilled my expectations. “

„ In the beginning I had rather a defensive role, but the persons responsible gave me the trust to play also in a more offensive row. I have shown that I am also in good hands there “, says Collins. Topically the forward states his team even in the Scorerwertung. In 40 parts he hit 12 times, he prepared 15 other ERC gates.

The likeable forward who got engaged in November to his Alexandra says: „ I would like to thank at this point for the great support of our fans. Ingolstadt is a great hockey location with a good team. We had difficult phases in this season, but now we are on the move in the right direction. I am glad about two other years with the ERC Ingolstadt. “

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