BOSTON -- Bruins prospect Joe Colborne received some encouraging news Thursday morning when he was informed he did not break his nose or suffer a serious concussion after being hit in the face with a stick during a rookie game Wednesday night at TD Garden.
He had a CT scan taken and it showed no serious cartilage damage, but general manager Peter Chiarelli said Colborne had a "mild concussion." Colborne said he received “26 or 28” stitches and spent the day icing the injury, and as soon as he stopped with the treatment, it would swell back up on him. He also said the breathing is the most difficult to deal with. His nose is plugged, and he should have that removed before he gets back on the ice.
He watched Thursday’s rookie game from the ninth floor at TD Garden, and prior to the game, he watched the replay of the of the third-period incident in the 5-2 win against the Islanders rookies that led to his getting a stick in the face.
“After seeing that and how I got up, to have no damage, I feel pretty fortunate,” Colborne said. “I’m glad I got it out of the way before the games mean anything.
“I was kind of scared I would wake up today hurting pretty bad, but I woke up and other than this general area [pointing to his nose], the head felt fine. And if they would have let me, I would have been playing today.”
Management and the medical staff told Colborne since it’s Thursday's game is only a rookie game, there’s no need to rush back. Colborne plans on being ready for the first official day of full training camp on Saturday.
The 20-year-old forward had his parents in town and admitted his mom wasn’t too happy about the injury.
“It’s not the first time I’ve been cut,” he said. “Worse things could have happened. It could have been a knee or a shoulder that would keep me out for a long time. One of my friends this summer, his mom got the call that they’re going to have to cut his two legs off after a car accident. So I told [my mom], and it really puts things into perspective. We have the best doctors here and they looked after me. I feel real confident I’ll be back just fine really soon.”
When he does return to the ice, Colborne is planning to wear a full mask until he’s healthy.
“Right back to my college days,” he said. “I thought I was done with that, which is kind of frustrating. But I get to skate, so I’m feeling pretty fortunate right now.”
Colborne made his pro debut with the Providence Bruins last April and played a total of six games. During his brief stint in the AHL last season, he also received a cut on his right cheek.
“In seven games, I’ve got over 40 stitches now,” he said. “Hopefully that trend stops pretty quick.”