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Colborne Returns in Blue and White

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins
BOSTON — When Toronto comes to town most of the attention is usually on the return of Phil Kessel.


However, Boston and their 2008 1st round draft pick haven't forgotten about one another, either.

“It’s going to be pretty neat coming out here tonight,” said Maple Leafs forward Joe Colborne. “I had a lot of fun while I was here.”

Starting in 2009 the Calgary, Alberta native spent time with the B’s organization playing in Providence until 2011 when he was traded to the Leafs in exchange for Tomas Kaberle along with a first round pick in the 2011 draft.

Being dealt as an NHL prospect was an unfamiliar situation for the young center, but Colborne remembers how Toronto has welcomed him from the day he arrived.

“When I got picked up from the airport a few people were just waiting for me,” he explained. “The whole organization was just making me feel right at home right from the first day.

“It was a pretty easy transition,” added the 6-foot-5 forward. “I’m glad where I am right now.”

To make things a little easier, the 21-year-old has fellow forwards Phil Kessel (who was also a Bruins first-round pick) and Tyler Bozak (who Colborne knows from the University of Denver) also wearing Toronto's traditional blue and white jersey.

Although the rookie has moved into a new locker-room with his second "Original Six" team, he still stays in contact with many of the B’s.

“I was rooming with [Matt] Bartkowski and [Steven] Kampfer last year so we all keep in touch,” he said.

However, the determined center knows he needs to set aside personal relationships in order to focus on tonight’s game.

“A lot of friends,” he said of the B's, "but not when we’re on the ice for sure."
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