Darren Colbourne – Time to Hang ‘Em Up

Updated: April 30, 2009

Corner Brook RoyalsWith the senior hockey players hanging up their skates for a summer of fun and relaxation, it’s now time for the management and volunteers behind the teams to decide what happens next year.  There’s no doubts that every team will be making changes, some minor, some major.  Those decisions are going to be harder for the Corner Brook Royals, especially after their disappointing season in 2008-09.

What about Darren Colbourne?  Will he be back?

Darren Colbourne of the Corner Brook Royals in the 2008-09 season was not the Darren Colbourne of old.  He looked disheartened, he looked beaten at times, he looked as if he was going through the motions and didn’t want to be on the ice.  SOme may argue that this assessment is not correct.  Heck, Darren may state differently himself.  However, from the stands, there was a definite impression that Colbourne was there in body only.

The Corner Brook ROyals even used Darren in a defensive role this past season, leaving many fans and armchair coaches scratching the heads wondering what was going on.  Colbourne, one of the biggest offensive threats in the league, standing on the blueline as a defenseman?  Give me a break.

Having the utmost respect for Darren Colbourne and what he has contributed to hockey through the years, Newfoundland Hockey Talk must honestly tell Darren to hang up his skates and sit on the sidelines if this is the role that the Royals are going to use him in.  It is time to retire and move on to life after hockey.  Better yet, step up as a part of the ownership / management of the Royals, become their coach and get some young blood into the lineup.  Rebuild the team like it needs to be rebuilt.

Darren has so much to offer Newfoundland hockey, and having him relegated to the role he’s been given on the Royals is a travesty.  He deserves better.

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