Friday, July 07, 2006

Muskegon gets Collins for another year

Former Wayne State forward Billy Collins has re-signed with the Muskegon Fury for the upcoming season.

Last year, Collins scored 18 goals in 73 games in his second full season with the Fury.

"We are excited to have Billy ready and signed for the next season," Fury head coach Todd Nelson said. "Through his first two full years here, he has demonstrated the capacity to be a top two-way centerman. Based on the promise and potential that he has shown us over those first two seasons, we anticipate that Billy will become a bigger part of our lineup.

"We look forward to having him become more involved in our special teams play on both the power play and penalty-killing units. With his expected increased ice time, we look for bigger offensive numbers from him; numbers similar to those which he has achieved in the playoffs the past two years. When you add the size and grit that he offers our club down the middle at the center position, we think that Billy is due to have a real breakout season."

Collins played at WSU from 2001-2004, leaving a year early to sign with Muskegon.

"I’m really looking forward to another highly-successful season," Collins said. "Our ultimate plan is to bring the championship back home here to Muskegon and I’m excited about being a part of that team goal. With a lot of our top guns coming back, it looks like we will have another outstanding team for the upcoming season."


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