Leafs' Joe Colborne makes Boston debut

December, 3, 2011
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Graig Abel/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday Maple Leafs C Joe Colborne played his first game vs. the B's, who drafted him in 2008.
BOSTON -- Former top Boston Bruins prospect Joe Colborne will play only his second game against the organization that originally drafted him, and his first at the TD Garden, when the Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

The 21-year-old forward has played a total of six games for the Leafs this season and he made his debut against the Bruins on Wednesday in Toronto.

"It's bringing back some good memories," Colborne said. "It's going to be pretty neat coming out here tonight. I'm sure I won't get the same reaction (former Bruin) Phil (Kessel) is, but at the same time, I had a lot of fun while I was here but I'm really enjoying Toronto."

When Boston selected the 6-foot-5, 213-pounder as its first choice (16th overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft, Colborne was slated to be the next great center for the Bruins. Because the organization has depth at that position, it allowed Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli to trade Colborne to the Maple Leafs at the deadline last February in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

"I can't believe how great the whole organization was making me feel at home right from the first day I got there," Colborne said. "It was a pretty easy transition, but it came as a pretty big shock when I did get dealt. I'm glad where I am right now, but I enjoyed every minute I had in Boston."

He remains in contact with some of his former Providence Bruins teammates and admitted he watched every minute of every Bruins playoff game last season.

"It was kind of bittersweet," he said. "You know all those guys and know what they went through and they deserved the reward for all the hard work they put in, especially after the tough Philadelphia series the year before. It was definitely hard to watch."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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