Bruins sign BC star, Hobey Baker finalist Collins

7/11/2006 - NHL Boston Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made his first roster move in his new job on Tuesday, signing Boston College left wing and Hobey Baker finalist Chris Collins.

The 22-year-old Collins led Hockey East in scoring and tied with Minnesota's Ryan Potulny in the national scoring race with 63 points (34 goals and 29 assists). He was the Hockey East player of the year and was honored by the New England Hockey Writers as their Most Valuable Player.

The New England writers also gave him their Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England. Former winners include Brian Leetch and Brian Gionta.