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The Boston Bruins needed goalscorers so badly in the 2007-2008 season, that they decided to invest in one in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. GM Peter Chiarelli and current Vice President Cam Neely decided on Alberta Junior Hockey League player Joe Colborne.
The 6’5″ forward was recently named the Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the year for the 2007-08 season. Hey, hockey was invited in Canada so that’s not a bad start.
Colborne, 18, was his team’s leading scorer with 33 goals, 57 assists and 90 points. He will enroll at the University of Denver (why not BU?!?) in the fall.
Chiarelli was excited about the pick:
“This kid can really fire the puck. He’s a good skater…very smart, with offensive acumen. He’s a big, strong focused kid.”
Colborne was equally as excited about playing for the Bruins:
“I’ve never been so happy in my life. To come to an organization like Boston, with all of the history and who seems to improve every year, I couldn’t be happier. You dream about playing (in an Original Six jersey) growing up, and you see so many great players who have gone through this organization, so it’s just such an honor for me to be wearing it, too.”