Colborne, Kampfer & Sauve Sign ATO's with Providence
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have signed forwards Jordan Caron and Joe Colborne, goaltender Michael Hutchinson and defenseman Steven Kampfer to entry-level contracts. Colborne, Kampfer and forward Maxime Sauve will join Providence on Amateur Tryout Agreements.
With the moves, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.
Caron, 19, has split this season between the Rimouski Oceanic and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after being traded from Rimouski to Rouyn-Noranda on January 9. The right wing registered 53 points, including 26 goals and 27 assists, in 43 games between the two teams during the regular season, and he currently leads the QMJHL in playoff scoring with 13 points (6g, 7a) for the Huskies. Caron also skated with the silver-medal winning Canadian squad at the World Junior Championships in January. In four junior seasons, he has appeared in 204 regular season games with 203 points (100g, 103a) and 173 penalty minutes. The Sayabec, Quebec, native was selected by Boston 25th overall in round one of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Colborne, 20, skated in 39 games as a sophomore for the University of Denver Pioneers this season, setting personal-bests in goals and points. His 22 goals led the Pioneers, while his 41 points was good for a share of second-place. Denver finished 27-10-4 on the year and reached the East Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Championship, where Colborne scored a power play goal in the Pioneers' 2-1 season-ending loss to the Rochester Institute of Technology Engineers on March 26. He finished the year with 10 multiple-point games and a 12-game point-streak from January 1 to February 13, notching 18 points (10g, 8a). The Calgary, Alberta, native played 79 games in his two seasons for Denver, registering 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 points, along with 54 PIM. He was selected 16th overall by Boston in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Hutchinson, 20, appeared in 46 regular season games this year for the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, going 32-12-2 with a 2.86 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage. In a five-game opening round playoff series win over the Guelph Storm, the goalie went 4-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .901 save percentage. His Knights will face the Kitchener Rangers in the second round of the postseason, beginning on April 1. A native of Barrie, Ontario, Hutchinson is in his fourth OHL season and first with London after three years with his hometown Barrie Colts. The net-minder was selected 77th overall by Boston in round three of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Kampfer, 21, was acquired by Boston from the Anaheim Ducks on March 2 in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick. The defenseman set career-highs across the board as a senior for the University of Michigan Wolverines this season, appearing in 45 games with three goals, 23 assists, 26 points and 50 PIM. He also added a plus-18 rating. The Wolverines were recently defeated by the Miami University (Ohio) RedHawks in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Championship, falling 3-2 in double overtime on March 28. Over his four college seasons, Kampfer recorded 60 points (7g, 53a) and 134 PIM in 147 games. He was named to the CCHA Championship All-Tournament Team as both a junior and a senior. The native of Ann Arbour, Michigan, was selected by Anaheim 93rd overall in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sauve, 20, recently concluded his fourth junior season in the QMJHL. The center scored 35 points (13g, 22a) in just 25 regular season games this year with the Val d'Or Foreurs, plus seven points (5g, 2a) in six postseason outings. In his junior career, split between Val d'Or and the Quebec Remparts, Sauve scored 192 points (76g, 116a) in 219 regular season games, along with 12 points (7g, 5a) in 12 playoff contests. The Tours, France, native was selected by Boston 47th overall in round two of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on December 2, 2009. Sauve's father, Jean-Francois Sauve, played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Quebec Nordiques in the 1980's.
Providence gets back into action with three games this weekend, beginning Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center against the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m. for Keychain Night. Keychains are free to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. On Saturday, the P-Bruins travel to New Hampshire to face the Manchester Monarchs for a 7 p.m. tilt, and then take on the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Maine. To purchase 2009-10 Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.