NHL official honored in Chicopee

Collins has officiated nearly 2,000 games in 28 year career

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – On Saturday night, the Chicopee Moose Club was filled with the family and friends of Kevin Collins. Collins is an Official Supervisor for the National Hockey League.

His career as an official left him with many memorable moments on the ice. Collins has officiated nearly 2,000 games in his 28 year career, including 300 playoff games and 12 Stanley Cups.

Tonight, he was surrounded by friends and colleagues from throughout his career, including other hockey officials from the NHL, AHL, and NCAA.

Collins told 22News his Dad inspired him to be the best, saying, “One of the things he always said was whatever you choose to do in life, it doesn’t matter. It’s how you do it. If you are best at it, you’ll be successful. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a menial worker or whatever, but just be the best.”

Some of Collins’ more memorable games included Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.

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