CHIPPEWA FALLS — After capping off a high school hockey career with a state runner-up trophy, Hutson Collins’ next step was shrouded in mystery.
The “what” portion of the question was already answered: play hockey. But the “where” was yet to be resolved for the former Eau Claire Memorial skater as summer approached.
With countless teams playing in several leagues across the country, a departure from Wisconsin appeared likely.
“I didn’t have any idea where I was going to be,” Collins said. “I was preparing to move away.”
On June 5, the path forward got much clearer.
The Chippewa Steel, Chippewa Falls’ newly-relocated North American Hockey League franchise, drafted Collins in the 14th round of the NAHL Draft.
No need to pack any bags. Collins was staying home.