Rosetown's Shane Collins will continue to lace up his skates this season with the Men's Hockey program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Collins had an excellent junior hockey career as he split his time with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League and the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League as an over-age player. University hockey has always been an opportunity for Collins to pursue, and now his dreams have turned into a reality.
The Men's and Women's Hockey programs at the University of Saskatchewan will get the chance to play their home games this season at a brand new facility in Saskatoon. Merlis Belsher Place is the new official home for the Huskie hockey teams and is valued at $43,000,000 total.
Collins talked about how excited he is to begin his university career in Saskatoon as a Huskie, and the good fortunes that come with wearing the green and white colours.
"I'm excited to be close to home again in Saskatoon. It's going to be much easier for my family to watch some of my games when we play at home, which means a lot to me."
Collins also talked about how the organization is excited for a new beginning at Merlis Belsher Place, but at the same time, will miss the memories and historic games that were played at Rutherford Rink.
"That facility is going to be unreal for everyone including the players and the fans. I know some of the older guys and coaching staff are going to miss playing at the Rutherford Rink but are excited for the future at the same time," Collins explained.
The Men's Hockey team will be trying to get back to the University Cup after a disappointing loss last year to their rivals from the University of Alberta in the semi-final game. Collins is familiar with the rivalries that have been created at the program and can't wait to be a part of it for the on-going future.
"I always knew about the rivalry with the Golden Bears and the Huskies, and it seems they are always going up against each other every year. It's going to be thrilling to be a part of the rivalry this season and I hope we can get the best of them when it matters most."