|Born||August 21, 1953|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died|| November 17, 2021 68) (aged|
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||162 lb (73 kg; 11 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Minnesota North Stars|
|NHL Draft|| 57th overall, 1973 |
Minnesota North Stars
|WHA Draft|| 38th overall, 1973 |
New England Whalers
Thomas Lewis Colley (August 21, 1953 – November 17, 2021) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He played one game in the National Hockey League, with the Minnesota North Stars on March 12, 1975. The rest of his career, which lasted from 1973 to 1986, was spent in the minor leagues. Colley's son, Kevin, also played in the NHL.
As a youth, Colley played in the 1966 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Toronto Weston minor ice hockey team.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Colley played junior hockey for the Niagara Falls Flyers and the Sudbury Wolves, scoring 117 points including 81 assists. Colley was drafted 57th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and 38th overall by the New England Whalers in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft. Like most WHA draftees, Colley chose to report to the NHL and signed with the North Stars, playing one game for the North Stars during the 1974-75 NHL season. He was assigned to the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League and spent a total of seven seasons with the team, helping them to two division titles in 1979 and 1980 as well as the regular season title in 1980. He also made the Calder Cup finals three times with the Nighthawks, in 1975 losing to the Springfield Indians and in 1978 and 1979, losing to the Maine Mariners on both occasions. He is the Nighthawks' all-time leader in goals (204), assists (281), points (485) and games (534).
In 1980, Colley spent a season with the Binghamton Whalers before spending the next five seasons playing senior hockey for the Collingwood Royals. He retired as a player in 1986. Colley died on November 17, 2021.
|1971–72||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA||63||23||22||45||53||6||3||1||4||14|
|1973–74||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||66||9||18||27||28||10||2||2||4||4|
|1974–75||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||1||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||76||29||47||76||51||16||6||12||18||8|
|1975–76||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||76||38||31||69||35||3||0||1||1||0|
|1976–77||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||80||37||56||93||36||6||2||2||4||0|
|1977–78||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||80||32||54||86||17||15||2||6||8||2|
|1978–79||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||77||36||32||68||24||10||3||9||12||2|
|1979–80||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||79||23||43||66||43||7||0||4||4||4|
|1981–82||Collingwood Shipbuilders||OHA Int||30||21||42||63||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Collingwood Shipbuilders||OHA Sr||30||22||36||58||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Collingwood Shipbuilders||OHA Sr||37||40||53||93||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Collingwood Shipbuilders||OHA Sr||—||20||48||68||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Collingwood Shipbuilders||OHA Sr||36||21||34||55||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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