The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Colby Cohen to an entry-level contract. He will report to Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.
Cohen, 20, was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star as a junior at Boston University this season. He led all Hockey East defensemen with 14 goals, the most by a BU defenseman since Dick Lamby recorded 15 in 1977-78. Cohen’s 14 goals tied him for second nationally among defenders, just one behind Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith. Cohen was the Terriers’ top scoring blueliner with 30 points (14g/16a) in 36 games and led the entire team in both power-play goals (8) and game-winning goals (5). His five game-winning tallies, in fact, ranked first among NCAA defensemen.
“Colby is a young defenseman with a bright future ahead of him,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “We are excited to have him signed and look forward to him beginning his professional career.”
Colorado’s second-round pick (45th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cohen finished his collegiate career with 78 points (25g/53a) in 118 games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the national championship game against Miami (Ohio) on April 11, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
A native of Villanova, Pa., Colby is a cousin of former University of Colorado football player and United States Olympic freestyle skier, Jeremy Bloom.