By Craig Stein
Heading To Division I in 2019-20
(Photo courtesy: www.bombers.ca)
Chrystopher Collin joined the Bombers from Quebec last season, and quickly took the SJHL by storm, scoring six goals in his first three games in the league. While he didn’t quite keep that unrealistic pace going, Collin did lead the Bombers with 22-goals as an 18-year-old, and his 50-points had him 2nd to Nate Hooper. Collin did have more points-per-game (1.02), as he suited up in just 49 games, since he was busy winning a World Junior ‘A’ Challenge gold medal with his coach Mike Reagan (and Battlefords defenseman Levi Kleiboer) in December.
Bomber fans will have one more season to watch Collin flash his skills at the Whitney Forum, but after that he’ll be off to the next level, slated to join Bowling Green State University, an NCAA Division I school in Ohio at the start of the 2019-20 season, having committed to the Falcons over the summer.
He’ll be looking to leave his mark as the Bombers return a strong core at most positions, and he’ll be expected to be at the forefront, having finished Top-20 in the league in goals, and Top-25 in points as a first-year Bomber.
Other Bombers from the 2017-2018 season committing to schools for this upcoming campaign include American Rob Johnson, who’s also going Division I to Air Force, forward Tyler Nyman (Hamlin University) and goalie Brenden Newton (Northland College) who are both going NCAA Division III. Staying north of the border will be Nick Shumlanski at UPEI (U Sports) and former captain Ben Lanfermann, joining the Augustana Vikings of the ACAC.