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Player Profile: Joe Colborne

A closer look at the 'Big 'n' Local' hometown centreman

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Colborne
6'-5" 221lbs.
Shoots Left
Born January 30, 1990 in Calgary, Alberta
Drafted 16th Overall in the 1st Round by the Boston Bruins in 2008
Traded to the Flames for a 4th round pick in 2014.

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Joe Colborne has 2 goals and 6 assists for a total of 8 points and is averaging about 1.5 shots on goal per game.

According to the Flames website, Colborne has appeared in 71 games this season and has 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points which is good enough to put him in 6th place in team scoring and is almost double his production from his two previous seasons with the Flames combined.

A recent article here on Matchsticks regarding Joe's upcoming contract negotiation suggests that he may be looking for the kind of money that Lance Bouma signed for but also debates whether he may be worth it. Joe's production is similar to that of Bouma and has relied heavily on his teammates to set him up for success.

In a poll included in the article 50% of fans say to sign him back but keep it under $2 million.

Another Sportsnet article by Eric Francis says that Colborne may be "Playing himself out of Calgary" by posting such impressive numbers and making it harder to fit him under the salary cap.

The one ‘big' thing Colborne has going for him is his size. The hometown Calgary product is a whopping 6'-5" and weighs in at 221lbs. Being that big and a local boy, naturally fans have penned him with the nickname "Big ‘n' Local".

Like most NHL players, Joe's presence in the community is strong with his ‘Colborne's Forces' program. Joe purchased seasons tickets and every home game he invites members of the Canadian Forces to attend the games. Forces guests also get to have a meet and greet and tour of the Flames locker room.

"I have always had a deep respect for the work that the Canadian Armed Forces do to protect our country and I am humbled to be able to give back to them through this program, Colborne's Forces. They sacrifice so much for our freedom and I can't thank them enough for their honour and commitment to our country." -Joe Colborne

Packers Plus has also partnered with the program to donate $500 for every point Colborne scores to the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre.

To read more on Joe's great work off the ice, check out the Colborne's Forces website.