Colby Cohen

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Colby Cohen
Colby Cohen 2012.jpg
Born (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 (age 25)
Villanova, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
ECHL team
Former teams
Reading Royals
Colorado Avalanche
Ässät
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2007
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2010–present

Colby Shane Cohen (born April 25, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently plays with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Cohen first played junior hockey with the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Junior Hockey League in the 2004–05 season. In the following season with showing promise as an offensive defenseman, Colby was selected to play in the U.S. National Team Development Program and represented the United States in the 2006 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, in a silver medal performance.

Committing to a collegiate career with Boston University for 2008, Cohen began the 2006–07 season with the USNTDP before leaving, citing unhappiness within his role, to join the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League.[1][2] In his lone season with the Stars, Cohen established his offensive prowess and led the entire USHL among defenseman with 60 points in 53 games to earn a place in the USHL Second All-Star Team.

Cohen was then selected as the Colorado Avalanche's second choice, 45th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, to join the Avalanche first round pick, former Development Program teammate and fellow BU recruit, Kevin Shattenkirk. In his freshman year with the Terriers in 2007–08, he played in 39 out of a possible 40 games in the Hockey East, finishing third among Terrier's Blueliners, and trailing only Shattenkirk in assists with 13.

In his sophomore year, Colby enjoyed his most successful collegiate season as BU advanced to the Frozen Four Tournament. In 43 games he compiled 8 goals and 24 assists to finish second among Terrier defensemen with 32 points, while also posting a Plus/minus of 24 to finish fifth overall in the country. Colby earned selection to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team and was named the most outstanding player of the Tournament after scoring the overtime game-winning goal, from a pass from defense partner Shattenkirk, in a 4–3 victory over the Miami Redhawks to win the 2009 National Championship.[3]

Returning for his junior campaign with the Terriers in 2009–10, Cohen was named as player of the Month in January but was unable to help the team defend its National Championship after losing in the Hockey East Semi-finals.[4] Cohen was named to the Hockey East First Star team and the NCAA East First All-American Team as he led the teams defense with 30 points in 36 games, scoring 14 goals which were the most scored in a single season by a BU defenseman in over 30 years.[5] Following elimination, Cohen brought forward an end to his collegiate career, signing a three-year entry level contract alongside Shattenkirk, with the Avalanche on April 3, 2010.[6]

Professional[edit]

Upon signing with the Avalanche, he moved directly into the AHL and made his professional debut with the Lake Erie Monsters. He finished the 2009–10 season with one assist in three games.

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Cohen attended his first Avalanche training camp and was among the final cuts assigned to Lake Erie on October 3, 2010.[7][8] After starting the season with the Monsters, Cohen was recalled by the injury depleted Avalanche and made his NHL debut in a 5–0 shutout win against the Dallas Stars on November 6, 2010.[9] In his ascension to the NHL Cohen again joined Shattenkirk as a teammate along the blueline.[10]

After three games with the Avalanche, Cohen was returned to Lake Erie before he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Matt Hunwick on November 29, 2010.[11] On April 14, 2011, Cohen was called up by the Boston Bruins as a spare for the playoffs, but he did not play so his name was not engraved on the Stanely Cup. The Bruins did, however, included Cohen on the official Stanley Cup picture, and he was presented with a Stanley Cup ring.[12]

Upon completion of his entry-level contract and unable to make progression within the Bruins, Cohen while a restricted free agent, signed his first European contract on a one-year deal with Finnish club Porin Ässät on June 26, 2013.[13] After only 5 games into the 2013-14 season with Ässät, Cohen was mutually released from his contract to return to North America citing personal reasons.[14] He was then signed to a professional try-out contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL on October 17, 2013, but was not retained after three games with the club.

After almost a year off from competitive hockey, Cohen signalled a return in signing a short-term contract with the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League.[15] However, during pre-season Cohen left the team, announcing his intention to return to North America.[16] He later signed an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals just prior to their season opening game, on October 17, 2014.[17]

Personal information[edit]

Cohen, who is Jewish,[18] was born and raised in Villanova, Pennsylvania.[19][20] He attended Radnor High School.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Syracuse Stars OPJHL 49 7 21 28 124
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 55 7 12 19 55 10 1 1 2 0
2006–07 U.S. National Development Team USDP 4 1 3 4 0
2006–07 Lincoln Stars USHL 53 13 47 60 110 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Boston University HE 39 3 13 16 34
2008–09 Boston University HE 43 8 24 32 65
2009–10 Boston University HE 36 14 16 30 82
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 3 0 1 1 9
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 14 1 0 1 12
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 46 1 12 13 46
2011–12 Providence Bruins AHL 58 4 11 15 39
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 43 0 14 14 48
2012–13 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Porin Ässät SM-l 5 0 1 1 2
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States WHC17

6 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 6 1 1 2 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
USHL
Second All-Star Team 2006–07 [22]
College
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2009 [23]
NCAA Frozen Four Tournament MVP 2009
All-Hockey East First Team 2009–10 [24]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2009–10 [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Early look at 2007 USNTDP prospects". Hockeysfuture.com. November 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Recruit Controversy". Terrierhockey.com. October 27, 2006. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Colby Cohen just did his job". Boston Herald. April 12, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "BU's Colby Cohen tabbed for Player of the Month for January". HockeyEastOnline.com. February 2, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pair of junior defenseman sign with Colorado Avalanche". goterriers.com. April 5, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Avs sign Shattenkirk, Cohen". NHL. April 3, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Sadowski, Rick (October 4, 2010). "Avalanche split Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk for now". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Avs cut Stoa, Cohen and Bordeleau". Denver Post. October 3, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Budaj earns first shutout in year, Avs topple Stars". CBS Sports. November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Frei, Terry (November 7, 2010). "Defenseman from Boston U. both in lineup". Denver Post. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Avs deal Cohen to Bruins for Hunwick". National Hockey League. November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Aces of new contracts" (in Finnish). Porin Ässät. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  14. ^ "Colby Cohen will not continue with Assat". Porin Ässät. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  15. ^ "With the threat of late arrivals, Panthers add Ex-NHL defenseman". Nottingham Panthers. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  16. ^ "Colby Leaves with Club's Thanks". Nottingham Panthers Official Website. September 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Royals sign defenseman Colby Cohen". Reading Royals. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  18. ^ "Professional Hockey Review: 2010–11; National Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 7. September/October 2011, accessed September 15, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  19. ^ "Professional Hockey Preview 2010–11, The NHL", Jewish Sports Review, January/February 2011, Volume 7, Number 11, Issue 83. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  20. ^ "The Canadian Jewish News – Handful of Jewish skaters start NHL season". Cjnews.com. October 21, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  21. ^ 25   Colby Cohen. "Colby Cohen Profile – Official Website of the Boston University Department of Athletics". Goterriers.com. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ "USHL names its best for 2006–07". United States Hockey League. April 16, 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  23. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  24. ^ "UNH's Butler, Maine's Nyquist headline Hockey East All-Star selection". hockeyeastonline.com. March 18, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Denver has three First Team All-Americans". uscho.com. April 9, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nathan Gerbe
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2009
Succeeded by
Ben Smith