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Ty Collins: Year in Review

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In his third season in the OHL, Ty Collins was a high-achiever, reaching career bests while contributing to the team’s success.

Regular Season Success

Ty Collins made himself a staple in the Steelheads lineup during the 2021-22 season. Starting the year off strong, the forward earned five assists over his first four games. His first goal of the season came on November 3 in the Steelheads 3-2 win against the Frontenacs.

Collins was instrumental in the team’s record-breaking performance from October 29 – November 25. During that time, the Trout set a franchise record with 11 straight games without a regulation loss, where the winger put up 12 points (5G, 7A). Playing on a line with James Hardie and Luca Del Bel Belluz for a majority of the season, the three became known as one of the most dangerous lines in the OHL. On February 1, the three were named the OHL’s three stars of the night after a 6-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs. 

Ty Collins celebrates with linemates James Hardie and Luca Del Bel Belluz on November 21 versus the Sudbury Wolves. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.
Ty Collins celebrates with linemates James Hardie and Luca Del Bel Belluz on November 21 versus the Sudbury Wolves. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.

Known as the IceDogs killer, Collins had more goals scored against the Niagara IceDogs than anyone else in the Mississauga lineup. His nine goals contributed to the Steelheads’ winning record over the team this year, winning the season series 6-2.

He went on to finish the regular season with 31 points (14G, 17A), reaching personal bests in points, goals, and assists. Helping to secure numerous Steelheads victories this year, the forward scored the second-most insurance goals on the team (3). The Newmarket, Ontario native was also one of only five Steelheads to score a shorthanded goal this season.

Consistent Improvement

Collins played an important role in the postseason, picking up three points, including his first playoff goal. In a Third Star performance, Collins scored first in Game 2 against the Barrie Colts. He also netted the game-winning goal in the series-clinching win against Barrie in Game 6.

Ty Collins scored two goals in the first-round series versus the Barrie Colts. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.
Ty Collins scored two goals in the first-round series versus the Barrie Colts. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.

With another OHL season under his belt, the veteran winger’s performance is trending upward. Collins has steadily improved since his rookie season and is now a core player on one of the OHL’s most exciting teams. 

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