WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies announced that they have hired former New York Islanders and ECHL forward Kevin Colley as assistant coach, replacing Greg Spenrath who departs after one season with the team.
The Grizzlies are the ECHL affiliate of the Islanders of the National Hockey League and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
The 28-year-old Colley retired on Feb. 24, 2006 after being injured in a game during his rookie season against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 24, 2006. Colley, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 27, 2005 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, had 52 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Islanders.
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 with Charlotte, Dayton, Pensacola, New Orleans and Atlantic City. He was named to the ECHL All-Star Game in 2002 and 2003.
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.