Colborne finishes with a five-goal bang

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Colborne takes a shot while Dmitrii Anikin keeps his eyes on the puck.

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Brett Pendergast is played this season as an over-ager and, like Colborne, played his final home game as a Blues Friday night.

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Springhill's Kyle MacDonald takes a shot Friday night.

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Blues coach Grove Sutton (top) and assistant coach Paul Atkinson talk to their players during a time out.

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The Blues raise their sticks to thank their fans before leaving the ice for the their last home game of the season Friday night.

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The Blues gather for photo's after Friday's game. Goaltender Jessie Cox gives Colborne a hug. Kyle MacDonald is left.

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Julien Savoie played in goal for the Blues Friday night.

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Over-agers Brett Pendergast (left), Jessie Cox, and Jesse Colborne get together for photos after the game.

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Pendergast (left), Cox and Colborne.

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The Blues gather so people can take a final team photo.

Says it’s ‘devastating’ to say goodbye to Blues fans

SPRINGHILL – Jesse Colborne finished his Blues hockey career in style by scoring all five Blues goals at home Friday night in Springhill, and then scoring the lone Blues goal Monday night in Port Hawkesbury.

“It was my last home game and I just wanted to go for it. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of adrenaline,” said Colborne after the Blues 5-3 victory over the Port Hawkesbury Pirates.

Jon Tattrie had three assists in the game, and Zach Anderson had two assists.

Julien Savoie faced 61 shots in goal for the Blues, while his teammates had 32 shots on Pirates goaltender Marcus Otmar.

After the game the Blues raised their sticks to the cheering fans as they left the ice for the last time in the 2013-14 season.

Colborne says stepping off the ice for his last game in a Blues uniform in Springhill was filled with mixed emotions.

“I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out on my last home game but it’s a little depressing knowing I won’t be back,” said Colborne. “They are the best fans in the league and it’s devastating to say goodbye.”

He also says it is tough saying bye to his teammates, especially fellow over-agers goaltender Jessie Cox and defenceman Brett Pendergast.

“Those guys make this team. Cox stood on his head all year and Pendergast has been the backbone of the defence.”

The Blues failed to make the playoffs this year but had a good run since Christmas.

Colborne says this year’s team is the team he’s bonded with best.

“We had a rocky start at the first of the year. There were players who didn’t want to be here or didn’t care,” said Colborne. “Then there were other guys who might not have been as skilled but came in and gave 100 per cent every shift. They were guys who wanted to win every night.”

Colborne was with the Blues when they won the Don Johnson Cup Atlantic Championship in 2010 and says playing with the Blues has been the best years of his life.

“I liked nothing more than coming onto the ice in the first period with the crowd relentlessly cheering you on,” said Colborne. “I couldn't of asked for a better organization to play for or better guys to play with.”

He wishes he could have experienced a second Don Johnson Cup Championship.

“Winning that (cup) kind of pushed me to play better every other year because I was hoping my teammates could experience that feeling,” said Colborne.

What will the future bring for Colborne?

“I’d like to play senior hockey or maybe come back and coach the Blues in some capacity.”

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Colborne said, “I hope people remember me for how much I loved the game, how much I loved the team, and how much I loved playing in front of everybody.”

Colborne finished the 2013-14 regular season 12th on the NSJHL leaderboard with 26 goals and 20 assists in 34 games. He finished 13th in the 2012-2013 with 19 goals and 19 assists in 34 games.







Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Port Hawkesbury

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