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Camrose Kodiaks to retire Colborne's number

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Joe Colborne will be honoured by his former AJHL team, the Camrose Kodiaks, on Feb. 14 with his #12 jersey being retired by the organization.

The pivot will tour schools and businesses during the day prior to the ceremony and will be signing autographs during the intermissions of the game. The current Kodiak players plan to honour Colborne by all wearing #12 during the pre-game warm-up. The ceremony begins at 6:45 PM MST at the Encana Arena.

Colborne spent two seasons with the Kodiaks, suiting up for 108 games in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns. He scored 53 goals and 138 points during his AJHL regular season tenure and added another 22 points in 34 postseason outings.

During his time with the Kodiaks, the Calgary, AB product was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year in 2008, played in two RBC Cups, was a unanimous selection to the AJHL's South Division All-League team in 2007-08 and earned the AJHL Playoff MVP award in 2008.

Drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011 for two draft picks and spent two and a half seasons with the organization. He played in his first NHL game on Apr. 9, 2011.

The Flames acquired Colborne from the Leafs last September in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. In 56 games with Calgary, the 24-year-old has scored four goals and 15 points.

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