Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 23, 2011

Man of the Day 7/23: Colby Cohen

Colby Cohen

Born April 25, 1989 (age 22) in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA

Defenseman and prospect for the Boston Bruins

Colby has the distinction of being the first prospect featured as MotD. And how did he get here? It all started with the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League in the 2004-05 season. He was so good the National Team Development Program came calling, and in 2006 he helped earn a silver medal in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

He didn’t stay in the NDTP very long after that; he didn’t like how he was being used and went to the United States Hockey League, home of the Lincoln Stars, in the 2006-07 season. He established himself rather nicely there, earning 60 points in 53 games and being named to the USHL Second All-Star Team.

In 2007 he was the Colorado Avalanche’s second choice (45th overall) and found that one of his fellow prospects was Kevin Shattenkirk, who not only was in the NDTP with him but was headed to Boston University as Colby was. Small world!

Colby thrived at BU, only missing one game his freshman year and finishing second to Shattenkirk in assists. It was in his sophomore year that he really showed his stuff, racking up 32 points and a +/- of 24 that ranked him fifth in the country. In postseason play, he scored the game winning overtime goal to win the 2009 NCAA Hockey Championship. His junior year wasn’t a championship repeat, but he did score 14 goals and became the first defenseman at BU to do that in 30 years. After the season ended, he signed an entry-level contract with the Avs.

Nothin' to see here, ain't no pucks around.

Colby went straight to the Avs’ AHL team, the Lake Erie Monsters (refraining from the obvious jokes here) and only had one assist in three games. But in the 2010-11 season, he was called up to Denver and made his NHL debut on November 6, 2010. What made the game really awesome was that not only was it a 5-0 shutout against the Dallas Stars, but he was on defense with his buddy Shattenkirk.

His NHL glory was shortlived – after three games he was sent back to the Lake Erie team. Soon after that, he was traded to Boston and now plays on their AHL team, the Providence Bruins.

Oh, and not only is Colby our first prospect MotD, he’s our first Jewish one as well. He joins Mike Cammalleri, Mathieu Schneider and Jeff Halpern (among others) in what I like to call the Mensches on Ice Hockey Club.

Who knows, we may see him on the roster this fall alongside Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. If their performances this past season are any indication, I see a very bright future for this guy.

– Krista

Well done, Colby! Mazel tov!

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