Rays sign Collins

The South Carolina Stingrays signed forward Anthony Collins.

Collins, 23, enters his second professional campaign after appearing in 35 games with the Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) last season scoring two goals and four assists for six points and adding 130 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-4, 215-pound native of Surry, British Columbia, skated four seasons of junior hockey from 2006-10 with eight teams totaling 121 points (53 goals, 68 assists) and 465 penalty minutes. Collins briefly appeared in the college ranks with Thompson Rivers University in Canada in 2010-11 before departing overseas to play with Gnesta IK of Division 1 in Sweden.

“Anthony is a young pro that comes to us after spending his rookie season in Mississippi last season,” said Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery. “I have heard good things about the way he approaches the game and his understanding of his role. He’s a hard player to play against that can create space all over the ice, all while being able to establish our forecheck and puck possession in the offensive zone. He has a great opportunity to take the next step in his career with our organization.”