BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Jordan Caron, forward Joe Colborne, goaltender Michael Hutchinson, and defenseman Steven Kampfer to entry-level contracts.
The 19-year-old Caron split this season between Rimouski Oceanic and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), after being traded from Rimouski to Rouyn-Noranda on January 9, 2010. The 6’2” 202-pound forward registered 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 23 games with the Huskies and he earned 9-11=20 totals with the Oceanic in 20 games. He currently leads playoff scoring in the QMJHL with 6 goals for the Huskies and has notched a total of 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in the Quebec League playoffs. Caron skated with the Canadian squad that earned a silver medal at the World Junior Championships this past January. A native of Sayabec, Quebec, Caron was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The 20-year-old Colborne skated in all 39 games with the University of Denver this year, earning 22-19-41 totals. He recently tallied a power play goal in the Pioneers’ 2-1 loss to the Rochester Institute of Technology in the East Regional semifinal of the NCAA Championship. He finished the season first on the team in power plays goals (11), first in total goals (22), tied for second in points (41) and second in shots (116). Colborne has played 79 games in two seasons with the Pioneers, registering 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 total points. The Calgary, Alberta native was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The 20-year-old Hutchinson has appeared in 46 regular season games this season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, registering a .913 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average. The goaltender has started all five playoff games this March and has posted a .901 save percentage with a 2.84 goals against average. Hutchinson and the Knights recently defeated the Guelph Storm in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, winning the series 4-1. They will face the Kitchener Rangers in a second round playoff series beginning on Thursday, April 1. The 6’3” 185-pound Barrie, Ontario native was drafted by Boston in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The 21-year old Kampfer skated in 45 games for the University of Michigan this season, recording three goals, 23 assists (26 points) and 50 PIM. The Wolverines were recently defeated by Miami University (Ohio) in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Championship. Kampfer finished his senior season ranked third on the team in plus/minus with a +18 rating and fourth on the team in shots with 115. Over four seasons with the Wolverines, Kampfer played in 147 games, registering 7-54=60 totals and 134 PIM and was named to the CCHA Championship All-Tournament Team in both his junior season and senior season. The 5’11, 197-pound native of Jackson, Mich. was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded from Anaheim to Boston on March 2 in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick.