Full name: Daniel Thomas Collins
Born when and where? East Bridgewater, Mass. on April 10, 1993
Hometown: East Bridgewater, Mass.
High School: East Bridgewater High School
Sport(s) and position: Cross Country, Ice Hockey-Defense
Why did you choose Thomas College? I like the small-community feeling that we have here on campus. It keeps everyone connected. At the same time, we are a large enough school that you can have a few different friend groups based on interest.
Sports were another reason I chose Thomas College. Thomas College offers sports at a Division III level meaning it’s competitive, but still manageable with classes. After high school, I wasn’t ready to give up hockey, so having it as a club team made Thomas even more appealing to me.
What is/was your favorite class at Thomas and why? Composition I with Dog Wallace was my favorite class. I learned so much about grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, helping me with other course work.
What is your favorite thing about being a student athlete at Thomas? Meeting new friends through sports is probably the biggest perk about being a student athlete.
Who would you like to trade places for a day with and why? I would like to trade places with Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins because he lives my dream: playing hockey for the Boston Bruins.
What is on your "Bucket List?" On my bucket list, I have is go to every NHL arena at least once.
Talent you'd most like to have: I wish I could juggle. Juggling is fascinating to me, and if I get the time, I will definitely learn.
What is your motto? “Leave no doubt.” Canada’s hockey team had the same motto back in 2010, and it is one that I think applies to almost everything I do and every decision I make.
Do you have any superstitions before you go into a big game? I block out everything else going on and listen to one full song on my iPod, which varies depending on my mood, to get me ready to play.
Why did you choose your jersey #? My brother has been number 5 for the majority of his life—he is my most influential role model—and my favorite number growing up was 4, so I combined the two to come up with 9. I’m a pretty big numbers geek.
What is your most memorable moment as an athlete at Thomas? Playing hockey against UMaine Farmington this past season, when we had over 300 Thomas students in the stands. It brought me back to high school hockey days and was truly exhilarating.
Who has had the greatest impact on your life? My older brother, TJ, has had the biggest impact on my life. I’ve grown up looking up to him and doing my best to be as great of a person as he is.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself settling down somewhere in Massachusetts—most likely in an apartment—working a full-time job in the accounting field.
If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would it be and why? I would meet Herb Brooks. The story of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team is such an inspiration to me, and I’d like to be a coach some day, even if it’s just for a small, D3-college team.
What are your hobbies? I like skateboarding and snowshoeing in their respective seasons. I also like solving math problems—something to keep the mind going.
What is your ideal day away from athletics? Sitting outside in the sun and throwing a baseball or a frisbee around with some friends is my ideal day. Add the beach into the equation and it doesn’t get any better than that.
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Courtesy of Thomas Sports Information