Joe currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche. After being acquired by the Flames in the fall of 2013, Colborne was a valuable asset to the Calgary Flames team and the Calgary community by aligning himself with a variety of community initiatives he is passionate about.
In 2015, in partnership with Packers Plus, Colborne launched “Colborne’s Forces”, which recognizes members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their commitment and service to their country. By purchasing a pair of season tickets, Colborne hosted a member of the military and their guest at every Flames home game. Following the game, the Canadian Forces' guests would meet the Flames forward and be toured through the team’s locker room. The deserving Armed Forces member was also saluted in-game throughout the year.
Known for his generosity and character, Colborne was the inaugural winner of the “Good Guy” media award at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season. Recently renamed as “The Peter Maher” award, Colborne was voted as the top choice by the members of the local travelling media for maintaining “patience and a good-natured attitude through what can be a trying process -- often daily, sometimes twice-daily.” For this accomplishment, a donation in Colborne’s name was made to the Calgary Flames Foundation. The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award was also presented to Colborne in March 2015. The award is presented annually to the Flames player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice.
A native Calgarian, Colborne’s spirit shines through every community initiative he participates in. Donating his time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and the Calgary Hockey Marathon in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, gives Joe great pride in giving back to his city.
Colborne also assisted in a variety of community initiatives for the Flames organization through the Calgary Flames Foundation including the Flames annual Poker Tournament, pumpkin carving at the Ronald McDonald House along with annual visits to the Alberta Children’s Hospital for wheelchair hockey and over the holiday season.
In addition, Colborne continues to be the honorary spokesperson for the Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation that donates approximately $400,000 each year to children’s charities while also launching “The Joe Colborne Families in Crisis Fund” that provides direct financial support to families in need through the Calgary Flames Foundation.