2009-10: Collin Olson appeared in nine games for Minnesota’s Apple Valley HS as a sophomore. Backing up junior starter Aaron Gretz, Olson was 3-2 with a 3.95 goals against and .820 save percentage. Olson attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 Camp and was selected for the National Team Development Program.
2010-11: Olson skated for USA Hockey’s NTDP U17 squad splitting the goaltending duties with Jared Rutledge. In 30 games he was 17-10 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.57 goals against and .905 save percentage. Olson played for the USA’s U17 team at the 2010 U17 Four Nations Cup, the 2011 World Hockey Challenge and in the 2011 U18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament. He was 2-0 with a 1.52 goals against and .963 save percentage, including stopping 33 shots against Russia in the championship game at the Four Nations Cup. In the WHC he was 2-0 as the USA finished second. And in his only game at the Vlad Dzurilla tournament he stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 5-1 win. Olson committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State in 2012-13 (Ironically, Gretz is the catcher on the Buckeyes baseball team).
2011-12: Olson skated with the NDTP U18 and team and was named the Top Goaltender at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. In 38 games he was 19-11-1 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.44 goals against and .902 save percentage. He was 5-0 and had three shutouts at the WJC; finishing with a 0.80 goals against and .966 save percentage as the USA captured the gold medal. Ranked 21st amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, Olson was selected by Carolina in the fifth round (159th overall).
2012-13: Olson appeared in nine games as a freshman at Ohio State as senior Brady Hjelle handled the bulk of the goaltending. Olson was 2-3-1 for the Buckeyes and had a 3.09 goals against and .901 save percentage. Ohio State finished fourth in the CCHA and reached the conference tournament semifinals; falling to CCHA champion Notre Dame, 3-1.
2013-14: Hoping to challenge for the starting job at Ohio State as a sophomore, Olson appeared in just two games as a backup to freshman Matt Tomkins (CHI) and left school in November to play in the USHL. Backing up former Shattuck-St. Mary’s goalie Kyle Hayton, a St. Lawrence recruit, Olson played in 20 games for the Sioux City Musketeers. Olson was 12-3-1 with 1 shutout and had a 2.31 goals against and .923 save percentage. Sioux City finished third in the Western Conference and reached the Clark Cup semifinals. Olson played two playoff games and was 1-1 with a 3.07 goals against and .904 save percentage.
Olson is not outstanding in any particular area but is a solid, all-around goalie who relies on athleticism and solid fundamentals. After his disappointing experience at Ohio State he is off to a good start playing on one of the USHL's top teams. He is intent on returning to college hockey in 2015-16 and his success at that level in the future should give a clearer indication of his long-term potential.
Olson returned to Sioux City for the 2014-15 season, maintaining his NCAA eligibility, and is skating in the USHL as a 20-year-old. Olson handled the bulk of the goaltending for the Musketeers during their bronze medal effort at the Junior Club World Championship in Russia in August 2014. With Kyle Hayton now at St. Lawrence he is seeing plenty of action. He has three years of college eligibility since he only played two games at Ohio State in 2013-14 but his pro prospects are uncertain at this point.