Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Collins
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 eleven year NHL career, Collins played 768 games, scoring 157 goals and 311 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 37 4 9 13 46
1961-62 Whitby Mohawks OHA-B 27 16 24 40 78 2 1 2 3 18
1962-63 Whitby Mohawks OHA-B 22 22 22 44 32 4 7 4 11 18
1962-63 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 6 1 1 2 2
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 58 17 15 32 54
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 11 0 1 1 0
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 6 0 0 0 0
1964-65 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 58 12 29 41 47 11 5 2 7 24
1965-66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 56 18 29 47 55 7 0 5 5 4
1966-67 Baltimore Clippers AHL 69 20 18 38 50 6 1 1 2 12
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 9 11 20 41 -16 10 2 4 6 4
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 9 10 19 24 -26
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 29 9 38 48 +4 6 0 1 1 8
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 6 2 8 39 +1
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 5 16 21 10 -1
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 15 25 40 38 +3
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 21 21 42 44 -1
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 13 15 28 37 -20
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 2 2 4 14 -10
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 22 15 37 34 +4 2 1 0 1 0
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 50 4 4 8 38 -19
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 1 1 2 4 -1
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 54 11 14 25 26 -7
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 74 10 9 19 18 -32
NHL Totals 768 157 154 311 415 18 3 5 8 12


Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto with Dick Duff, Bob Nevin, Rod Seiling and Arnie Brown for Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney, February 22, 1964. Claimed by Minnesota from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Montreal by Minnesota to complete transaction that sent Jude Drouin to Minnesota (May 22, 1970), June 10, 1970. Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Mickey Redmond and Guy Charron for Frank Mahovlich, January 13, 1971. Traded to St. Louis by Detroit with Ted Harris and Garnet Bailey for Chris Evans, Bryan Watson and Jean Hamel, February 14, 1974. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with John Davidson for Ted Irvine, Bert Wilson and Jerry Butler, June 18, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 20, 1976. Traded to Washington by Philadelphia for cash, December 4, 1976.
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