The Rapid City Rush announced Thursday that forward Anthony Collins will return to the team for the 2017-18 ECHL season.

 Collins, 27, comes back to the Rush after a career year in the Black Hills last season. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 216-pound forward notched a career-high in points with eight goals with six assists for 14 points, along with 134 PIM in 67 games. 

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 “I’m really excited for all the positivity we have going for our team this offseason. Coach (Daniel) Tetrault and Coach (Joe) Ferrara are two high-energy guys that aren’t too far removed from the game, so they’re going to be a ray of shining light for our team,” said Collins. “I wasn’t too happy with how things ended last year. I felt like I had so much more to give to this team, the city of Rapid City, and the great fans that were loyal and supported us last season throughout the highs and the lows. I thought it was important for myself to come back and put in a quality season of playoff hockey for them solely for the way they treated me and the way they supported me."

 A native of Langley, British Columbia, Collins begins the sixth season of his professional career that has seen him play in the SPHL with the Mississippi Surge, and in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays, Quad City Mallards, and Rush. In his entire career, he has 40 points to his credit (18g-22ast) in 234 games, along with 618 PIM. Prior to playing professionally, Collins jumped around the junior ranks in five seasons, appearing predominately in the BCHL, MJHL, and SJHL with 7 different teams

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