NEW YORK – The New York Islanders have signed Kevin Colley to a one-year contract. 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.
The 5-11 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.
In 2003-04 with Bridgeport of the AHL, the 25-year-old Colley scored 31 points (12g-19a) and ranked second on the team with 122 penalty minutes. Voted the Most Popular Player by fans, Colley had one goal and 12 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
“Kevin earned this contract by giving his all night after night last season with the Sound Tigers,” said Islanders general manager Mike Milbury. “He gives the level of effort that a coach dreams of having from all of their players. He’s a candidate to play for the Islanders next season.”
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. He has 254 penalty minutes and 46 points (18g-28a) in 134 career AHL regular season games and two points (1g-1a) and 12 penalty minutes in five career AHL playoff games.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.