UNH flavor with Collins' addition; Worcester signs Reading native.


Byline: Bill Ballou COLUMN: SHARKS NOTES MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Sharks lineup looks more and more like a class reunion with every roster move. Yesterday, Worcester signed winger Sean Collins to a pro tryout. Collins, a native of Reading, played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, he was a teammate of Garrett Stafford and Josh Prudden. Collins grew up almost next door to Sharks defenseman Dan Spang, who is from Winchester. Collins and Spang skated together as young players, and also played against each other in high school. Earlier this season, Worcester used former UNH defenseman Brian Yandle for a game, and trainer Matt White is a New Hampshire alum as well. Collins, 23, is a smallish 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, but has been a very productive forward wherever he has played. This year, he was 12-29-41 in 24 games for Wheeling of the ECHL and picked up two assists in three games in a tryout with the Philadelphia Phantoms. Last year in Wheeling, Collins was 27-49-76 in 62 games and had one assist in eight AHL games for Wilkes-Barre. He had 173 points in 164 games at New Hampshire and was a first team All-America selection in 2004-05. Valette lost indefinitely Worcester has lost another key player to a long-term injury. Craig Valette is out indefinitely with an injury to one of his pinky fingers. Valette apparently snapped a tendon while doing a post-practice drill with teammate Riley Armstrong, according to coach Roy Sommer. Valette and Armstrong had been working on faceoffs, Sommer dropping the pucks. When Sommer briefly headed elsewhere, Valette did the drops for Armstrong and somehow suffered the injury. Surgery will be required and while there is no definite timetable for a return, early indications are that Valette may miss two to three months. He was one of just four Sharks to have played in every game so far this season. That number is down to three - Armstrong, Mathieu Darche and Scott Ferguson. Staubitz back in lineup The injury news was not all bad yesterday as Brad Staubitz returned to the lineup after missing 16 games due to a right shoulder injury. Staubitz was hurt on Nov. 17 in a game against Bridgeport. Grant Stevenson did not play...

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