Royals sign defenseman Cohen

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, announced that the team has signed defenseman Colby Cohen for the 2014-15 season.

Cohen, a fifth-year pro from Villanova, Pa., played seven games last season — five with Assat Pori of the Finnish Elite League and two with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. A second-round selection (45th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cohen has played 175 total pro games, including three NHL games with the Avalanche. The majority of his career has been spent in the AHL, where he has played 165 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, Providence Bruins and Rampage. In 2012-13, Cohen picked up three assists in two games with the South Carolina Stingrays in his only stint in the ECHL.

Prior to turning pro, Cohen had an epic three-year career at Boston University. In his sophomore season, Cohen scored the overtime game winner to clinch the NCAA Men’s Hockey Division I National Championship for the Terriers. He was not only named to the All-Tournament team, but also was selected as the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. In his third year at Boston University, Cohen led all defensemen on the team in scoring and was selected as an NCAA All-American. In 118 career collegiate games, Cohen recorded 78 points (25g-53a) and 180 penalty minutes.