Knowing him really well, he’s a great guy and has had a lot of success. I’ve leaned on him a little bit. He’s given me a couple pointers and I’m looking forward to being able to hang out and play with him. - Drew Shore
CALGARY, AB -- Joe Colborne was among the first to welcome Drew Shore to the Calgary Flames.
Colborne, teammates with Shore at the University of Denver in 2009-10, was among the first to bring him up to speed, too.
“That’s the reason we’re starting him with [Colborne]. There’s a friendship there,” said Hartley, suggesting Wednesday’s practice line of Colborne, Shore and Lance Bouma would stick against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. “That’s going to be a little bit easier for him, the trust factor and the fact that they’ll be able to communicate. This morning I sat with him and almost everything I was telling him he said '[Colborne] told me'.
“I guess [Colborne] has a second career in the making already.”
But it was just one friend excited to have another aboard following a trade between the Flames and Florida Panthers last Friday.
The pair played together at Denver some five years ago; Shore as a freshman, Colborne’s sophomore year.
They’ve been friends since.
“When I got traded they played Florida that night. After the game he was one of the first ones to call me,” said Shore, who had 21 assists and 30 points in 35 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL prior to his recall Wednesday.
“We were great buddies off the ice and played a little bit together.
“Knowing him really well, he’s a great guy and has had a lot of success. I’ve leaned on him a little bit. He’s given me a couple pointers and I’m looking forward to being able to hang out and play with him.”
Though the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Shore has been in Calgary less than 24 hours, Colborne’s already given him the heads-up.
He warned his former teammate as to the expectations.
After all, it wasn’t long ago that he joined the organization with little knowledge of what to expect with a Hartley-led team.
“I realize how hard my first few days here were,” Colborne said. “I wasn’t prepared for the on-ice stuff. I tried to give him a heads up. You try to do that with all the new guys because it’s a pretty eye-opening experience.”
So too was the trade for Shore, his first taste of the business end of hockey.
Going from the US National Team Development Program to Denver to Florida's system by way of a second round pick, a trade wasn't something Shore had experienced.
But it wasn't all by surprise.
“Due to different things in Florida I kind of expected it but put it in the back in my mind and concentrated on getting better down there in San Antonio,” he said. “I was a little surprised but it’s kind of crazy. I’ve never been traded before. It’s a different experience. I’m thrilled and couldn’t be more excited.
“It was quite a whirlwind of a week. All of a sudden I was at dinner and the next thing you know you’re traded. Then I’m here. I’m really excited for the opportunity and I’m going to try to make the most of it.”
Again, that’s something he can lean on Colborne for.
He’s just 16 months removed from being acquired by Calgary in a trade with similar circumstances.
The Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t make room for Colborne, who needed to pass through waivers at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Likewise, Shore is two NHL games away from needing waivers to return to the American Hockey League.
Colborne’s trade boosted the 24-year-old.
He’s hoping it can do the same for the 23-year-old Shore.
“It’s huge. It can be that jumpstart for a career,” Colborne said. “Knowing his character and his work ethic I think he’s going to take it and run with it.”
That’s the plan from Shore.
“It’s a fresh start,” he said. “There were a lot of ups and downs for myself in Florida. I’m really looking forward to embracing this new opportunity and helping the team out in any way I can.
“I’m going to work as hard as I can and let things hopefully take care of themselves.”