WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies announced that assistant coach Kevin Colley will be honored by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League at the team’s home opener on Oct. 12 against Norfolk.
One of the longest-tenured and most popular players in Sound Tigers history, Colley, who was the Sound Tigers captain in 2005-06, will drop the first puck and participate in a team autograph session after the game.
The Grizzlies are the ECHL affiliate of the Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League and the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.
Colley was born in New Haven, Conn. where his father Tom played for the Nighthawks in the AHL. The younger Colley first signed with Bridgeport in July 2003 and inked his first NHL contract with the Islanders in August 2004. He played with the Sound Tigers from 2003-06 and had 65 points (28g-37a) and 394 penalty minutes in 158 regular season games and one goal and 12 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
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.