| Date of Birth:
May 2, 1977
Place of Birth: Pilot Mound, MB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 135 lbs
At the tender age of five, young Delaney Collins faced the tough dilemma of choosing between figure skating and hockey. With both her brother and father being avid hockey players, there really wasn't much choice and soon she was following in their skate tracks.
Unfortunately, as a young girl living in rural Manitoba, it was difficult to find competitive girls teams to play on. As a result, she ended up playing with the boys until she was 14-years-old. It was this experience that gave her the toughness to attend Notre Dame College, a prestigious Saskatchewan prep school with a history of turning out fine hockey players. On the women's side, Carol Scheibel, Jeni Creary and Bobbi-Jo Slusar have all spent time at the school. Male alumni include former Toronto Maple Leafs great Wendel Clark and present Team Canada stars Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A forward early in her career, Collins ended up attending Concordia University in the mid-1990's, where she was twice named a CIS All-Canadian.
In 2000, Collins would realize a lifelong dream when she was selected to the national team for the World Championships, where she would win her first gold medal. Unfortunately, over the next couple of years she would fall off Team Canada's radar. Although no longer a member of the national squad, Collins continued to play high-level hockey on the powerhouse Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Women's Western Hockey League. Despite relishing her time with the X-Treme, Collins opted to return to school and in 2004 began attending the University of Alberta, where she continues to pursue a degree in Physical Education and Recreation. Of course, she also joined the hockey program, making an immediate impact. The team won a CIS Championship her first year and came second to Wilfrid Laurier in 2005.
Amazingly, her re-emergence at the collegiate level resulted in some newfound respect from Hockey Canada. Collins, now an offensive defenseman, would play for Canada at both the 2004 and 2005 World Championships, winning gold and silver medals respectively.
In 2006, Collins was named as an alternate to the Olympic team, and should one of the defenders ahead of her on the depth chart be felled by an injury, count on her to be ready to fill in admirable fashion.
January 2: Collins skates with nationals
2006 Hockey Coverage