|Welcome Back Colin||10.22.09 at 12:34 am ET|
It’s a pretty safe assumption that Colin Wilson won’t forget his first month in the National Hockey League.
The young star center for the Nashville Predators returned to Boston on Wednesday night for the first time since helping his Boston University Terriers capture the National Championship last April in an unforgettable overtime thriller over Miami of Ohio.
Wilson’s homecoming actually began on Tuesday night when he picked up his championship ring at Boston University’s 3-0 loss to Notre Dame. Tuesday was also the day Wilson left his teenaged years behind. That’s right he is only 20.
And then on Wednesday, he scored his first NHL goal on the same sheet of ice on which he celebrated a Beanpot and Hockey East championship just eight months earlier. Maybe just as significant, his goal between the circles put his team up 2-1 at 6:17 of the second period.
‘Definitely a nice place to get my first goal,” Wilson said. “It was definitely great to getting those [friends] tickets, now. Definitely a little bit more worth it. Really exciting that it happened here.’
Wilson had plenty of friends on hand as many of his former teammates, who still play for the Terriers, returned the favor by attending the Bruins game Wednesday night, thanks to tickets provided by the visitor wearing No. 33.
‘As soon as I found out I was going to be playing, I was really excited and I was really looking forward to getting back to see my buddies,’ Wilson said.
Wilson is also very honest and mature for being just one day past his 20th birthday. He showed that when he admitted that he wanted to get his first goal in his fifth career game.
“It’s nice to get that, get your stats going,” Wilson said. “Obviously, it’s a team game but you’ve got to get some confidence out there so it was great getting it.”