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10-06-2012, 11:55 AM
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Joe Colborne almost lost a finger last season

Didn't see this posted yet.

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/spo...riddled-season

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TORONTO — After it happened — after Joe Colborne was slashed so hard on the hand during a playoff game that he almost lost a finger — he went back to the bench to inspect the damage. His glove was filled with blood. As he removed it, he saw that his ring finger was hanging on by a piece of skin.

“I remember I kind of made eye contact with the lady in the first row and it took a second for her to compute what she was seeing,” Colborne said. “She just turned away horrified. I felt really bad for her.”

It probably should have been the other way around. But the Toronto Marlies forward is not one for sympathy. Sew it up, freeze it and get him back out there. That is how Colborne handled his lacerated finger and the other injuries that he kept quiet about during what he calls his season from hell.

“It was the worst,” he said. “But it


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10-06-2012, 12:06 PM
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I'm glad there's a good explanation for why he went into the tank and the courage he showed is impressive, if not kind of foolish for not shutting it down. In the back of my mind I keep wondering if we should have gotten Blake Wheeler in that Kaberle deal instead? Wheeler is only 4 years older, put together a 64 point year last year and was a player this fanbase vehemently did not want.

Not that I'm unhappy with Colborne, since he's a center and fits in with the age group of the rebuild better, just wondering if things could have been done differently.

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I'm glad there's a good explanation for why he went into the tank and the courage he showed is impressive, if not kind of foolish for not shutting it down. In the back of my mind I keep wondering if we should have gotten Blake Wheeler in that Kaberle deal instead? Wheeler is only 4 years older, put together a 64 point year last year and was a player this fanbase vehemently did not want.

Not that I'm unhappy with Colborne, since he's a center and fits in with the age group of the rebuild better, just wondering if things could have been done differently.
I wanted him so bad, I've been saying it since like 2009 on the Leafs.com boards. He and Kessel had chemistry too from college and the NHL.

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That is a gruesome image there in the first couple of lines. Yikes! I bet that lady in the first row that saw that had nightmares that night.

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Wow. People can doubt him but this says everything about this guy.

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Dayum. And I thought people were overstating his injury problems. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off this season.

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"he saw that his ring finger was hanging on by a piece of skin"

Alright then, kudos to him for just getting it sewn back together and keep on playing. I don't think I'd be able to do the same. I'd just be sitting on the bench staring at my finger and wondering what it'll be like to have one less finger for the rest of my life

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First, I probably vomit in my glove then clean it up and wonder what the hell is going on?? Thats crazy.

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poor lady in the first row lol.

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poor lady in the first row lol.
Reminds me of that terrible incident with Richard Zednik, I remember hearing about the horror on fans' faces while he was trying to get off the ice.

As for Colborne, I'm glad these injury details are coming out, because I was getting very tired of everyone saying he was a bust based on his second-half play. Most people were aware of why he was struggling, but I doubt anyone had any idea it was quite to this extent (minus that lady in the first row ). I really like this kid, love his work ethic, love his size, he's got great hands, and is capable of doing some serious damage offensively. The fact that he's been using his time with injuries to keep playing and focus on other facets of his game says a lot about his character. Very excited to see him develop and follow him with the Marlies this year.

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It's interesting cause I recall some people ragging on Colborne when we traded for him (Bruins fans maybe?) saying his family was wealthy so he didn't care about hockey as much as the average pro.

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How can you just sew up a finger hanging on by a peice of skin? Thats some pretty horrific damage... wouldnt that mean the finger was broken in half? Seems unlikely a professional team like the leafs would let him continue playing. Either that or it was just dislocated and the skin was split, that seems more plausible.

Either way, this could be jumbo's make or break year.

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Great to see that he started working on other aspects of his game when he realized he wasn't producing anymore. This injury could be one of those ones where it ends up making the player better overall.

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It's interesting cause I recall some people ragging on Colborne when we traded for him (Bruins fans maybe?) saying his family was wealthy so he didn't care about hockey as much as the average pro.
The reality is that he works extra hard because he doesn't want people thinking that kind of stuff about him. He doesn't want things to always come easily, he's a hard worker who wants to carve out a career for himself.

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This is the highlight of stupidity. If this was a Stanley Cup game -- maybe -- but even then to let one of your top prospects and a young kid risk further injury might be one of the dumbest things this organization has ever done. We all know they have done a lot of dumb things.

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It was dumb of him to keep playing but I have to say. This guy's a man! He has balls for sure.

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As he removed it, he saw that his ring finger was hanging on by a piece of skin.
OK, amateur physicians on the Leafs board. Please understand this above sentence is giving everyone the idea that this slash took out the bone in his finger, which, I can guarantee is inaccurate. It is far more likely thet the skin if the finger was hanging off the bone but if this slash had actually broken the bone clear through, he would have had surgery to fix it and missed 2-3 months for sure.

there is no way his finger was dislocated or broken or he would not have been playing.

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Obviously this article is exaggerated. If his finger was legitimately hanging on by a flap of skin, that would mean a complete tear through all the bone and muscle in his finger, no way he just gets stitched up and put back on the ice after that. Going back out with an injury like that would put him at a huge risk of losing his finger, nevermind terrible infections, they just wouldn't do it. I know people who have lost fingers in accidents, it's not a quick fix. I'm sure it was a nasty cut, but the journalist is almost certainly exaggerating here.

With that being said, it was a pretty injury plagued season for Colborne. I've generally been a bit negative about his game, but hopefully I've just gotten a poor impression because I've seen him playing through injuries. If he can stay healthy and tear it up next year, I'd be psyched.

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OK, amateur physicians on the Leafs board. Please understand this above sentence is giving everyone the idea that this slash took out the bone in his finger, which, I can guarantee is inaccurate. It is far more likely thet the skin if the finger was hanging off the bone but if this slash had actually broken the bone clear through, he would have had surgery to fix it and missed 2-3 months for sure.

there is no way his finger was dislocated or broken or he would not have been playing.

Still ouch, though.

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Still ouch, though.
Oh yes, it would hurt a lot, but it's not something people should question why he was playing. Much like his wrist.

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Oh god if i saw that I would probably pass out

I just gained a lot of respect for Joe. It may not have been the best decision for the team, but it takes a lot of gut to keep playing. Shows how serious he is about playing and shows he has a lot of heart. Hope he plays really well thi season. He can really shine this year.

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Regardless of whether the journalist was exaggerating or not. I think we can gather that Colborne had a pretty bad injury. I agree that he should have had surgery earlier but that is not how a young player trying to make the NHL thinks.

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Wow after reading that Colborne is very lucky things didn't get any worse.

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Wow after reading that Colborne is very lucky things didn't get any worse.
Particularly when we hear stories of bad infections in cuts occuring inside skates and gloves.

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