Islanders re-sign Collins, Colley

The National Hockey League’s New York Islanders have re-signed forwards Rob Collins and Kevin Colley. Collins and Colley helped form one of the top lines for their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in 2004-05.

Collins, 27, enjoyed a career season in 2004-05 leading the Sound Tigers with 23 goals and 39 assists for 63 points. He also led the team with two overtime tallies and tied for the team lead with five game-winners.

He first signed with the Islanders as a free agent in 2003 and in 153 games with the Sound Tigers he has amassed 32 goals and 62 assists for 94 points. The former Hobey Baker Award Finalist (Top Collegiate Hockey Player) at Ferris State University also played for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins from 2001-2003.

Colley, 26, has totaled 23 goals, 32 assists, and 55 points while racking up 334 penalty minutes in 137 games with the Sound Tigers. Colley was born just up the road from Bridgeport in New Haven, Connecticut, where his father, Tom Colley, was an AHL legend with the former New Haven Nighthawks.

Colley has also spent time with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack (1999-00), Providence Bruins (2001-02), Rochester Americans (2001-02), and Syracuse Crunch (2002-03).