No. 10: As a first-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins, Joe Colborne might have wanted to avoid comparisons to another “Jumbo Joe” on draft night last June.
But the 6-foot-6, 196-pound native of Calgary didn’t shy away from the comparisons to Joe Thornton or the nickname after the Bruins selected him 16th overall in Ottawa.
“A few guys on my team would call me that too. But I definitely look up to him as a role model, as an idol,” Colborne said of the since-jettisoned captain of the Bruins. “So if I could have anything near the career that he’s had, I would be more than happy.”
Even a peek at Colborne’s pro career might be two or three years away, but the Bruins’ decision to use their first-round draft pick on the current University of Denver forward was big enough to be the No. 10 Bruins story of 2008. (more…)