Date of Birth: 1968
Place of Birth: Corner Brook, NL
Inducted: 2015 (Player Category)
After a top minor hockey career in his native Corner Brook, Darren Colbourne put together an award-filled career that lasted nearly thirty years and included some remarkable achievements. From university to professional hockey, he stood out as a great offensive weapon and a true leader. He earned glowing recognition for his accomplishments.
He spent five years in the Ontario Hockey League playing major junior hockey with both the Oshawa Generals and the Cornwall Royals. Known for his gift to shoot and score, Darren scored nearly 150 goals in the league and added almost 130 assists as he compiled noticeable totals that resulted in the Detroit Red Wings drafting him in 1988. He then played games with the national team and spent a year at Acadia University prior to moving to pro hockey in 1991.
Darren Colbourne went on to have an outstanding professional career. The successes that he experienced in Major Junior, Inter-Collegiate, East Coast Hockey League, and Senior Hockey in this province speak for themselves.
His East Coast Hockey League career started in the 1991-92 season when he scored 69 goals, added 50 assists, for 119 points in 64 games. He was awarded Rookie of the Year and was named to the league’s first all-star team. He added another all-star team selection and he is one of only three players in East Coast Hockey League history to have three 50 plus goal seasons. During his seven season career in the East Coast Hockey League he scored an astounding 323 goals in 420 games. He was inducted into the East Coast Hockey League Hall of Fame this year.
While at Acadia University he twice earned selection as a first team all-star for both AUAA and CIAU.
He returned to provincial hockey in 2000 and played nine years during which time he won five regular season scoring titles and had four regular season MVP awards in the West Coast Senior Hockey League in addition to two provincial MVP’s and one provincial scoring title. Playing for the Corner Brook Royals, he played a pivotal role in four league championship achievements and the 2002 Herder Memorial Championship. After he retired from playing, he went on to coach the 2011 Clarenville Caribous to an Allan Cup title.
His contributions to Corner Brook hockey were recognized this past season when his number 25 was retired by the Corner Brook Royals.