Date of Birth: 1935
Place of Birth: Truro, Nova Scotia
Inducted: 2014 (Player Category)
Clobie Collins was an outstanding hockey player in provincial senior hockey from 1954 to 1967. A speedy left winger who earned a reputation for scoring goals he demonstrated great sportsmanship in his game.
He was a member of the Grand Falls Andcos in 1954 to 1961 and with the Corner Brook Royals from 1962 to 1967. He was a member of a Herder Memorial Championship team six times, three with Grand Falls in 1955, 1956 and 1957 and with Corner Brook in 1962, 1964 and 1966. He was an extremely valuable member of both clubs, adding greatly to the offensive prowess of both teams.
He was an 18-year-old rookie when he arrived in Grand Falls from his native Truro, Nova Scotia and immediately demonstrated his value with the Andcos. His speed was such that he earned the nickname “Jet” and quickly became a favorite hockey player in the various centers in which he played. His performances were always of top caliber and he established himself as one of the finest left wingers to ever compete for the Herder.
While there were no official statistics kept from 1954 to 1962, Collins played more than 68 games between 1962 and 1967, scoring 61 goals with 93 assists for 154 points. With Grand Falls in five and Corner Brook in six playoff series, he had 44 goals and 73 assists for 117 points. It should be noted that in the 1962 playoffs he had 27 points from 17 goals and 10 assists. He is thirteenth in overall playoff points.
After leaving Newfoundland, he played with the Belleville Monarchs in Ontario senior hockey, with the Jersey Devils and the Syracuse Blazers in Eastern hockey league. With the Devils he had two goals and 11 assists in 25 games and with the Blazers he had two goals and three assists in 21 games.