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Hutson Collins feeling the comforts of home with Chippewa Steel

11/06/2018, 7:30pm CST
By Spencer Flaten, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Ex-ECM star playing with local junior team

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.

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