Boston, MA –
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has drafted forward Joe Colborne with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Colborne, a 6-5, 190-pound center has spent the past two seasons playing for the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He was recently honored by being named the Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the year for the 2007-08 season.
"This kid can really fire the puck," said Chiarelli of the newest Bruins forward. "He's a good skater…very smart, with offensive acumen. He's a big, strong focused kid."
"I've never been so happy in my life," said Colborne of his selection. "To come to an organization like Boston, with all of the history and who seems to improve every year, I couldn't be happier."
"You dream about playing (in an Original Six jersey) growing up, and you see so many great players who have gone through this organization, so it's just such an honor for me to be wearing it, too."
The 18-year-old Calgary, Alberta native was the team's leading scorer this past year, posting 33 goals, 57 assists and 90 points, good enough for second overall in the league in scoring. Colborne also tallied 8 goals and 8 assists in the postseason to lead the league in playoff scoring, helped the Kodiaks capture their second consecutive AJHL championship, and earned himself playoff MVP honors. He played 108 games during his two seasons with the Kodiaks, recorded 53-85-138 career totals.
As a member of Team Canada West in the 2007 World Junior 'A' Challenge, he scored 3 goals and 5 assists and helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal.
"He's a great playmaking center with an ability to score," said Scott Bradley, Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting. "Getting a player like this, we are really excited."
With this selection Colborne becomes the highest drafted AJHL player of all time, moving one slot ahead of Brent Sutter, who was selected 17th overall by the New York Islanders in 1980.
Colborne will enroll at the University of Denver in the fall of 2008.
Rounds two through seven of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft commence Saturday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Bruins have six picks on day two, one in each round (#47, 77, 107, 137, 173 and 197 overall).