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Prospect Report: Joe Colborne

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins -- Providence Bruins center Joe Colborne has experienced playing hockey in college, the AHL, and alongside NHL veterans.

Colbourne (photo: Alan Sullivan)
Today, he’s using this exposure to grow into an elite professional player.

“Obviously, I haven’t been around as long as many of these guys, but I can still go out there and show that I’m paying attention to what’s going on and show through my actions that I want to help lead this team.”

Colborne has six points in his last six games for the P-Bruins (4-2=6) and had two multi-goal games during this stretch. For the season, Colborne ranks second on the squad in goals and points, with five goals and six assists for 11 points (as of 11/15).

At Denver University last year, he netted 22 goals and captured 19 assists in 39 games.

“Really, the biggest [difference] for me is people don’t make as many mistakes as they do in college, and you have to make sure that you aren’t making as many mistakes either because the skill level of the players in this league, they’ll capitalize if you make a mistake.”

His size and strength on the puck are just two reasons this 20 year-old has grabbed the attention of fellow power-forward, Boston Bruins President Cam Neely.

“Right from the time I got drafted, [Cam Neely has] been unbelievably supportive of me and he kind of came on the ice a few times during development camps and really helped me get used to my body…It’s something that I’ve kind of taken to heart and worked on and I think it’s becoming a big strength in my game.”

Still, he attributes a lot of his success to his coaches and teammates in Providence.

“They’ve given me an opportunity to be a top guy on my team and they’ve given me the ice time, and the quality of ice time too, the power play time.

“I’ve been playing with Jeremy Reich and Kirk MacDonald and they’ve been really supportive of me too and they’ve made my job really easy.”

Colborne had an impressive training camp this summer and was one of the last to be sent down.

“This summer [at training camp] was great because you get to learn more of the systems of what we’ll be playing and you feel a lot more comfortable coming back.

“Going and playing a game with NHL players for the first time, and knowing that I can play at that level. It was big for my confidence, knowing that I can come back here and be a top player and help the team contribute both points wise and in getting some wins.

“You can’t speak how valuable it is for us.”
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