© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Jesse Colborne looks up-ice while stickhandling the puck around pylons during a practice drill Wednesday night at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
SPRINGHILL - It wasn't long ago that the Cumberland County Blues were skating around the arena in St. Margarets Bay with the Don Johnson Cup hoisted high above their heads.
Since they took those victory laps in 2010 only two players still skate for the team, Geoff Burke and Amherst's Jesse Colborne.
"Jesse likes to win and he knows how to win," said Rob McLure, first-year head coach for the Blues. "Jesse brings a lot of determination and a real desire to put the puck in the net."
Colborne was traded to the St. Margarets Bay Ducks early in the 2011-2012 season but returned to the Blues at the beginning of this year's campaign.
He said he loves playing in Springhill again.
"It's great to be back playing with the Blues, playing in front of my hometown and being back with the boys."
He said the 2012-2013 edition of the Blues feels like, "one big family."
"There are no cliques, there's nobody jealous of other players. It's like one big team," he added.
He also said he loves his new coaches.
The head coach, McLure, is coaching Junior B hockey for the first time, while assistant coach, Jordie Shaw, made the jump from playing with the Blues last year to coaching this year.
Asked what it's like being coached by a former teammate Colborne said, "Jordie's doing really good. He played last year, so he knows how the league runs and what teams have what players and what they can do."
As one of two players with a Don Johnson title, Colborne wants to be a leader to the other players, "especially to the younger guys, the rookies," said Colborne.
The Blues are off to a 2-6 start but Colborne said they're moving in the right direction.
"We have to be better in our own zone. We have to be better defensively."
This year's Blues roster is full of young players but Colborne has high hopes for the team.
"I think we can have a deep playoff run," he said.