Behind the ECHL Benches – Kevin Colley, Utah Grizzlies


Kevin Colley is in his fifth season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Utah and at 33-years-old is the fourth youngest head coach in the ECHL. He has led Utah to the playoffs and records of .500 or better in each of his first four seasons as Utah’s head coach. He was named head coach on Sept. 4, 2008 at the age of 29 after one season as the Grizzlies assistant coach in 2007-2008; as Utah advanced to the conference finals. He was the youngest head coach in the league from 2008-2011.


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. Kevin and his wife Stacy resided year-round in Salt Lake with sons Ben, Ashton and Hawkins.

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
2011-12 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)  7233336 303
ECHL Totals 288 128 122 38 25 7 18