For the 2016-17 season, Colliton led his team to a league-best 35-4-13 record and 105 points. He posted a record of 98-18-57 in his four seasons behind the bench.
Colliton was selected in the second round (58th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2003 NHL draft. He played in 57 games with the Islanders over parts of five seasons. The center scored three goals and added three assists for six points in his NHL career. He also had 21 goals and 32 assists in his first year with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the 2005-06 season. His playing career came to an end during the 2013-14 season, after three games with Mora IK and his coaching career started.
He is the fourth Head Coach in Rockford’s AHL history, following Ted Dent (11-17), Bill Peters (08-11) and Mike Haviland (07-08). Colliton is the first to bring NHL experience to the IceHogs.