Colborne Leaves Denver to Sign With Bruins

Joe Colborne will leave Denver after two seasons after signing with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

Colborne signed a three-year, entry-level contract and has been assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate in Providence.

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“Joe did a great job representing the Denver hockey program on the ice and in the classroom,” Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky said in a statement. “He developed into an all-WCHA forward this season and played a major role in our team success the past two seasons. We are certainly proud of Joe and wish him and his family all the best.”

The 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Colborne was a third-team all-WCHA selection this season after scoring 22 goals and adding 19 assists.

In 79 career games for the Pioneers, he posted 32 goals and 72 points.

Colborne is the ninth Denver player to turn pro with eligibility remaining since 2005. The others: Tyler Bozak (2009), Chris Butler (2008), Brock Trotter (2008), Geoff Paukovich (2007), Ryan Dingle (2007), Paul Stastny (2006), Matt Carle (2006) and Brett Skinner (2005).