BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that the team has signed prolific scorer, left wing Chris Collins, and agreed to terms with rookie defenseman Nick Pageau for the 2013-14 season.
Collins, 29, enters his eighth professional season with tremendous success in the American Hockey League, DEL (Germany) and ECHL. The majority of his career has been spent in the AHL with the Providence Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 190 AHL games, Collins has notched 81 points (38g-43a). He finished the 2012-13 campaign with the Penguins and played 13 playoff games with five points (2g-3a) as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Fairport, N.Y. native’s success extends internationally as well with 112 points (48g-64a) in 125 games in the DEL, Germany’s top professional league. His best professional season came in Germany as a member of the Augsburger Panther with 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 47 games.
Prior to signing with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins in 2006, Collins shined at Boston College, including leading the country in scoring as a senior in 2005-06. A Hobey Baker Award finalist, Collins scored 63 points (34g-29a) in 42 games. He was a teammate of current Condors assistant coach Ryan Murphy for three seasons with the Eagles.
Pageau, 25, enters his rookie campaign after playing four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. While there, the 6’1", 193 lbs. defenseman totaled 41 points (9g-32a) from the blue line. He was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team in 2009-10 when he scored three goals and added eight assists for 11 points in 14 games.
Prior to his collegiate career, Pageau played four seasons for Belleville in the Ontario Hockey League. With the Bulls, the Stoney Creek, Ontario native played 229 games and compiled 88 points (18g-70a). He reached the 2008 Memorial Cup Finals, ultimately falling to Kitchener in the semifinals.