Behind the ECHL Benches – Kevin Colley, Utah Grizzlies

Kevin Colley is in his fourth season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Utah and is the second youngest coach in the ECHL at 32-years-old. He was named to the position on Sept. 4, 2008 after working one season as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies.


Colley played 16 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders before being forced to retire on Feb. 24, 2006 after suffering a neck injury. In 2006 he was presented with the Bob Nystrom Award which is presented each season to the Islander player who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication.


He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs after scoring a league-leading 13 goals and 20 points in 17 games to help Atlantic City win the ECHL title. Colley played parts of four seasons in the ECHL and was named to the ECHL All-Star Game in 2002 and 2003. He had 77 points (83g-94a) and 472 penalty minutes in 166 career ECHL regular season games and 23 points (15g-8a) and 43 penalty minutes in 15 career ECHL playoff games. He resides year-round in the Salt Lake suburb of Draper, Utah with his wife Stacy and sons Ben and Ashton.

Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms. W L T Gms. W L
2008-09 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 28 28 16 5 1 4
2009-10 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 34 29 9 9 3 6
2010-11 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 33 32 7 8 3 5
ECHL Totals 216 95 89 32 22 7 15