The 20-year-old center, who has had five assists in eight NHL games after signing a three-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on April 16, may be ready for training camp instead of playing in Edmonton from August. .9-20.
“It’s very simple,” Bordello said at the Junior National Assessment Camp at USA Hockey Arena last week. “I think just getting a chance to represent my country again. Obviously, what happened to me those two times was very unfortunate, so kind of my chance at redemption here.”
Essentially, the coronavirus pandemic has cost Bordeleau two chances to play at World Juniors. This is his third and final shot.
WJC 2021 was scheduled to take place in a bubble in Edmonton from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021. The day before the team left the tournament, Bordeleau’s roommate, quarterback John Beecher, tested positive for COVID-19. Because Bordeleau was in close contact, both players were disqualified from the tournament, although Beecher tested negative.
The United States went on to win the gold medal.
Bordeleau subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 itself prior to the 2022 WJC, which was originally scheduled to be played in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, from December 26, 2021 to January 5, 2022. However, after the United States played a match One, the tournament was canceled on December 29 due to coronavirus concerns. It was later postponed on March 19.
Now, the tournament will start again, as will Bordeleau. The NHL Network will broadcast each of the preliminary round matches played by the United States, as well as select other games.
“I think it would be good for me to play some real hockey, real competitive hockey, not just summer hockey, before my NHL camp,” Bordello said. “It will be exciting.”
Bordello scored 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 37 games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan last season. After the Wolverines were eliminated by the University of Denver in the Frozen Four, he signed an amateur trial agreement with San Jose of the American Hockey League on April 12. Four days later, Bordeleau signed with the Sharks and was called up to the NHL.
He quickly learned what he had to do to achieve success at the next level.
“I think it’s all about consistency, there’s no room for error, basically,” Bordello said, in Round Two (#38) in the 2020 NHL Draft. “You know, you roll once, it’s in the back of your net. In college, I can get away with it. In juniors too. But there, you can’t [mess] Or you are really in trouble.
“Yeah, I think that was the biggest thing, honestly. Obviously, with the puck, that’s kind of my strength, I just do plays and things like that, and obviously I have to make the play go faster. You just have to be a lot faster all around.” But the defensive aspect is definitely the biggest adjustment.”
Bordello went on to play for the United States this summer at the 2022 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, scoring two goals in eight matches.
However, it has been unclear for some time whether Bordello will be available to play in WJC with the Sharks looking for a general manager to replace Doug Wilson, who resigned on April 7 to focus on his health. Mike Greer was hired, though, on July 5, and about a week later Bordello told US coach Nate Lyman he would be able to leave.
“He knows that this opportunity has been taken from him several times, and he knows how special it is to play in this tournament and to play for his country,” Lehmann said. “I tip my hat to him. I’ve been texting him quite a bit all this summer, and when he said he was on the plane, I was really excited about it.”
Bordello is excited that his coach with the Sharks next season will be David Quinn, who coached him with the United States at the World Championships. Quinn was appointed by San Jose on July 26.
In fact, Bordello and Quinn are back as far as the world championships. Quinn was a coach at Boston University from 2013 to 2018; Bordello went there on his first visit to the college.
“There’s a lot of changes in the organization now, a fresh start, so it’s going to be fun,” Bordello said.
This world will provide the little ones well prepared.
“The kind of player I am, I don’t need to be overweight,” Bordello said. “I just need to get stronger. For me, it’s really just getting more resistance in fights and things like that. Just playing more hockey wouldn’t be that bad for me.
“I just need more blasting, faster, stronger, just to be ready to play against the big guys. I think obviously to have a lot of minutes, a lot of icy time, I think it would be good for me to warm up camp.”