BC’s Collins Named To Skills Challenge Team

The NCAA announced Monday that Boston College senior forward Chris Collins, currently the nation’s leading scorer, is the first student-athlete selected to the inaugural Frozen Four Skills Challenge roster.

Collins, who has scored 24 goals and 47 points this season, will be one of 16 members of the East Team. If the Eagles reach the Frozen Four, then Collins will be replaced by someone on the alternate list.

“This Skills Challenge should be a lot of fun and good for the fans of college hockey,” Collins said. “I always watched the skills competitions growing up and am very excited about the opportunity to participate in one.”

The Skills Challenge will be held April 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Central Time. The event, which will be televised live on ESPNU, will be preceded by the announcements of the Hobey Baker and Humanitarian award winners.

The Skills Challenge will include the puck control relay, hardest shot, fastest skater, rapid fire shooting contests and penalty shot. The competition will be in an East vs. West format. Each team will have 16 players, four of whom must be goaltenders and will also include the nation’s top female players. All players must have completed their collegiate eligibility.

The entire rosters for the Skills Challenge will be released the first week of March.