By | November 18, 2021
Tom Colley Death

Tom Colley Death – Tom Colley, a New Haven Nighthawks hockey legend has passed away at the age of 68 on Wednesday morning November 17, 2021. Tom had an outstanding American Hockey League career retiring at New Haven Nighthawks. Colley’s 485 points in seven seasons with the Nighthawks were more than double the 239 put up by the man in second place, Billy O’Dwyer. Colley was also the highest goalscorer as well as assists. He scored 204 goals, 281 assists and played 534 games.

Tom spent his final season with the Binghamton Whalers scoring a total of 535 career points, 80th in the 86-year history of the AHL. His 58 points in 73 playoff games tie him for 38th all-time. On December 2, 1984, the Nighthawks hung a No. 9 banner from the rafters of the New Haven Coliseum in Colley’s honor. A story in the Spring 1985 Nighthawks program said, “It is a definite possibility that Tom Colley’s records will stand for the life of the AHL franchise.” Though the franchise only lasted seven more seasons plus one as the New Haven Senators before it moved to Prince Edward Island, that was already a safe bet.

Tom Colley had his son, Kevin in 1979, from New Haven. Kevin went on to a seven-year pro career that included 16 NHL games with the New York Islanders before fractures in his neck forced him to retire in 2006. Kevin Colley played five games with the Wolf Pack and 158 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the last 21 as their captain in 2005-06.

“BoWithNoFlow” expresses their grieve on Twitter stating their condolences to the Colley family. “We sorry to hear of the passing of ex Niagara Falls Flyer and one-time “captain” of the @Sudbury_Wolves Tom Colley at the age of 68.,” BoWithNoFlow wrote, “The #OHLALUMNI @OHLHockey sends our sincerest condolences to family/friends/team-mates. Randy Holt Greg Neeld Doug Nowels.”

Tara Colley said that she will update Tom’s GoFundMe page with the funeral arrangements.

Photo Credits – BoWithNoFlow Twitter