Long-time NHL linesman Kevin Collins retires

Updated: September 2, 2005, 6:26 PM ET

TORONTO - Kevin Collins will not officiate in the NHL's post-lockout era.

On Friday, the NHL announced the retirement of Collins, who worked 1,964 regular-season games and 296 Stanley Cup playoff contests during a 28-year career as an on-ice official.

The 54-year-old Collins will join the NHL's officiating department as an officiating manager this season.

"Kevin's on-ice career was marked by excellence, dedication and passion for the game," NHL senior vice president and director of officiating Stephen Walkom said. "We thank him for his more than a quarter century (of) service to the league and look forward to having his experience and knowledge benefit our officials in the AHL and NHL this coming season."

Collins, who was selected to work 11 Stanley Cup Finals and two All-Star Games, also worked the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

Following a 301-day lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, the NHL introduced a host of new rules to enhance the flow of the game and increase scoring.

Included in the new rules to which both players and officials must adapt are the red line being omitted to permit longer passes, nets being moved two feet closer to the end boards and goaltenders having both the size of their equipment and the areas from which they can handle the puck restricted.

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