He suffered a five-stitch cut above his left eye, several other gashes to his face and what he first feared was a concussion. With six goals and four assists in his first 11 games with the Marlies, Colborne’s progress was cut short by the hit.
“When I came off the ice I was bleeding around my eye, but the trainers said I had cuts on my scalp and head too,” said Colborne, who has been out a week but is now expected back in the lineup for this weekend’s Marlies games.
“I had a headache, but after a half-hour, I was back to what I thought was 100 per cent.”
It was to the Marlies’ amazement that Selleck was even in a position to hit Colborne. Selleck, according to the Marlies, ran defenceman Matt Lashoff earlier in the game but did not receive a game misconduct.
The hit on Colborne was the second run Selleck took at a Marlies player in the same game. Toronto appealed the hits, and sent video and a doctor’s analysis of Colborne’s injuries to the AHL.
The result was a one-game suspension for the Lashoff hit, and an additional three games for the Colborne hit.
“I think that’s what we’re trying to get out of the game,” Colborne said. “You can still finish checks hard and still play clean. The GMs are talking about it, but I don’t think we need that type of thing in the game.”
Colborne had been finding some chemistry with Nazem Kadri up until the time of his injury (Kadri was recalled to the Leafs on Tuesday).
Colborne says he now is being kidded about his cuts from friends back in Boston. While with the Bruins in a rookie tournament, he took an accidental high stick in the face and was cut for multiple stitches along the nose and mouth.
“The doctor back then said, ‘At least you still have two nostrils,’” said Colborne, the Bruins’ first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2008 draft.
“And before I came here, I had 10 stitches on the same place I have four now (above left eye). So my friends are saying I have a stitch per game for my pro career.”