Joe Colborne

Joe Colborne
Born (1990-01-30) January 30, 1990
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2008
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2010present

Joseph William Colborne (born January 30, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He was previously under contract to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). Colborne was a first round selection, 16th overall, of the Boston Bruins at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but never played for the team. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011 and spent parts of three seasons in the Toronto organization before joining the Calgary Flames in a 2013 trade. After three seasons with the Flames, Colborne signed as a free agent with the Avalanche in the 2016 off-season.

Early life

Colborne was born January 30, 1990, in Calgary, Alberta.[1] His father Paul, an oil and gas executive and former football quarterback at the University of Calgary, encouraged his children's sporting pursuits; Joe grew up practicing his hockey skills on a backyard rink while his sisters Lauren, Melissa and Claire played basketball.[2] In junior high he played AAA hockey for the Edge Mountaineers.[3]

Playing career

Junior and college

Standing five feet, nine inches tall as a 15-year-old, Colborne played a season of midget hockey with the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, before being recruited by the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).[2] He played two seasons in Camrose between 2006 and 2008 and scored 53 goals and 138 points in 108 games.[1] The Kodiaks won the AJHL championship both seasons and reached the Royal Bank Cup national championship each year; they lost the semi-final in 2007 and the final in 2008.[4] Colborne was named the Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the Year in 2007–08 following a 33-goal, 90-point season with Camrose.[2] Having grown to six feet, five inches tall by the time he was 18, Colborne was selected in the first round, 16th overall, by the Boston Bruins at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In doing so, he became only the second first round selection in the AJHL's history, following Brent Sutter (17th overall in 1980).[5] Colborne also committed to play college hockey for the University of Denver Pioneers.[2]

As a freshman in 2008–09, Colborne appeared in 40 games and scored 10 goals to go along with 21 assists.[1] The Pioneers named him the co-recipient, along with Patrick Wiercioch, of the Barry Sharp Freshman of the Year Award,[6] and was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie Team as a forward.[7] Colborne improved to 41 points as a sophomore in 2009–10 and led the team with 22 goals.[8] He was named a WCHA Third-Team All-Star,[7] and the Pioneers won the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champions.[9]

The Pioneers' were upset by the RIT Tigers in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Following the loss, Colborne chose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility and signed a three-year contract with the Bruins.[10] He was assigned to the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Providence Bruins to complete the season where he recorded two assists in six games.[1]


Colborne joined Providence full-time for the 2010–11 AHL season and the Bruins projected that he could become a player capable of playing on the top two lines at either centre or wing.[11]

Toronto Maple Leafs

However, after appearing in 55 games for Providence in which he scored 12 goals and 26 points,[1] Boston dealt him to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Colborne was sent, along with two draft picks, to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Tomáš Kaberle on February 19, 2011.[12] The Maple Leafs assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, where he played an additional 20 games.[1] He was recalled to Toronto for the final game of the 2010–11 NHL season and made his NHL debut on April 9, 2011. He recorded his first point in the game, assisting on Phil Kessel's goal in a 4–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.[13][14]

Colborne spent the majority of the 2011–12 season with the Marlies; he appeared in 69 AHL games and recorded 39 points.[1] He also appeared in 10 games with the Maple Leafs and scored his first NHL goal on November 22, 2011, against goaltender Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning.[15] Colborne spent the majority of the 2012–13 AHL season with the Marlies, where he improved to 42 points in 65 games. He also appeared in five NHL games with Toronto.[1]

Calgary Flames

During training camp prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Colborne was again traded. The Maple leafs sent him to the Calgary Flames on September 29, 2013, in exchange for a fourth round selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[16] Colborne was excited to be dealt to his hometown team and described former players Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jarome Iginla as his heroes; "So to have the opportunity to come back and put on the C is pretty special. I've grown up since I was three or four years old wanting to play for the Flames".[17] In his first full NHL season, Colborne played 80 games, scored 10 goals and added 18 assists.[1]

While he was a restricted free agent prior to the 2014–15 season, Colborne and the Flames avoided a scheduled arbitration hearing and agreed to a two-year, $2.55 million contract.[18]

In the final year of his contract with the Flames in the 2015–16 season, despite being unable to help Calgary return to the playoffs Colborne's versatility shone through among the Flames forward lines, establishing career highs across the board with 19 goals, 25 assists and 44 points in 73 games.

Colorado Avalanche

In the following off-season, Colborne as a restricted free agent was surprisingly not issued a qualifying offer by the Calgary Flames.[19] On July 1, 2016, the opening day of free agency, Colborne opted to return to his collegiate roots in Denver, signing a two-year $5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[20] In opening the 2016–17 season, Colborne made an instant impact in his Avalanche debut, recording his first career NHL hat-trick, in a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on October 15, 2016.[21] Brought in to provide versatility in a checking-line role, Colborne failed to build upon his initial success adding just one goal over the following 61 games to finish with a career worst 4 goals and 8 points as the Avalanche endured a last place finish.[22]

In the lead up to the Avalanche's 2017 training camp, Colborne efforts for a rebound year were hampered after suffering a back injury that ruled out his participation in camp and the pre-season.[23] He was named on the Avalanche's opening roster for the 2017–18 season, but was placed on waivers the following day on October 4, 2017.[24] Colborne went unclaimed and was re-assigned to the AHL, for the first time since 2013, linking up with the San Antonio Rampage on October 5, 2017. Colborne appeared in just 13 games with the Rampage before he was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to injury.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07Camrose KodiaksAJHL5320284844
2007–08Camrose KodiaksAJHL5533579048
2008–09University of DenverWCHA4010213124
2009–10University of DenverWCHA3922194130
2009–10Providence BruinsAHL1255108
2010–11Providence BruinsAHL5512142635
2010–11Toronto MarliesAHL2088168
2010–11Toronto Maple LeafsNHL10110
2011–12Toronto MarliesAHL6516233946152688
2011–12Toronto Maple LeafsNHL101454
2012–13Toronto MarliesAHL651428425340112
2012–13Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5000220000
2013–14Calgary FlamesNHL8010182834
2014–15Calgary FlamesNHL6482028431112320
2015–16Calgary FlamesNHL7319254427
2016–17Colorado AvalancheNHL6244834
2017–18San Antonio RampageAHL132244
NHL totals 295 42 72 114 144 13 1 2 3 20
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada West
World Junior A Challenge
2007 Trail

Awards and honours

Award Year
Playoff Champion 2008
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2009 [20]
All-WCHA Third Team 2010
All-WCHA Academic Team 2010


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  4. "AJHL champions" (PDF). Alberta Junior Hockey League. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
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  8. Bacher, Eric; Miller, Hannah R., eds. (2012). 2012–13 Denver Pioneers Ice Hockey Media Guide. p. 116.
  9. Bacher, Eric; Miller, Hannah R., eds. (2012). 2012–13 Denver Pioneers Ice Hockey Media Guide. p. 67.
  10. Shinzawa, Fluto (2010-04-01). "Bruins sign up Colborne; Denver forward gets 3-year deal". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-10-04.  via Highbeam (subscription required)
  11. Shinzawa, Fluto (2011-12-01). "Comfortable in his new home; Colborne is now OK with the move". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-10-04.  via Highbeam (subscription required)
  12. "Kaberle traded to Bruins for Colborne and draft picks". The Sports Network. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  13. Hornby, Lance (2011-04-08). "Colborne joins Leafs for last game". QMI Agency. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  14. "Canadiens top Maple Leafs, will face Bruins in first round of playoffs". ESPN. 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  15. Downey, Craig; Gogishvili, Aaron; Park, Pat, eds. (2012). 2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs Media Guide. p. 68.
  16. "Maple Leafs send Joe Colborne to Flames for 4th-round pick". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  17. Johnson, George (2013-09-30). "Joe's dream come true". Calgary Herald. p. C1.
  18. Cruickshank, Scott (2014-07-23). "Flames reunite the Kodiak kids". Calgary Herald. p. F1.
  19. "Joe Colborne among 9 players not qualified by Flames". 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  20. 1 2 "Avalanche signs Joe Colborne". Colorado Avalanche. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  21. "Joe Colborne's Hat-trick propels Avalanche to win over Stars". Denver Post. 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  22. "Avalanche forward Joe Colborne: "Part of being a pro is putting it behind you"". Denver Post. 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  23. "Colborne moves forward". Colorado Avalanche. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  24. "Avalanche's Joe Colborne lands on waivers". CBS Sports. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zach Hamill
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jordan Caron
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