NEW YORK – The New York Islanders announced that former ECHL and current Islanders center Kevin Colley was recovering on Tuesday after successful surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Colley suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebrae in a game against Washington on Jan. 31.
Colley played parts of four seasons in the ECHL with Charlotte, Dayton, Pensacola, New Orleans and Atlantic City, and was named to the ECHL All-Star Game in 2002 and 2003.
In the second and final procedure to repair Colley’s neck fracture, Dr. Andrew Hecht and Dr. Arthur Jenkins stabilized Colley’s spine from the back. Colley’s halo has been removed and he is expected to remain in the hospital for an additional 5-7 days.
Colley has 177 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.
The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound Colley was named Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs after scoring a league-leading 13 goals and 20 points in 17 games while helping Atlantic City win the ECHL title. He scored 71 points (33g-38a) in 50 regular season games for the Boardwalk Bullies in 2002-03. He also played in the American Hockey League scoring five points (2g-3a) in 16 regular season games with Syracuse and two points (1g-1a) in six regular season games with Worcester.