Thomas Bordello: Young people of the world in preparation

If the Montreal Canadiens asked Juraj Slafkovsky to skip the World Junior Hockey Championship so he could properly prepare for his training camp, the San Jose Sharks gave the green for their jewel Thomas Bordeleau so he could finally represent the United States.

The son of former CH player Sebastian Bordello should be able to shine in the tournament that took place in Edmonton, August 9-20, after he was forced to miss the first two editions he was scheduled to play in. Each time, the COVID-19 pandemic has recently put the 20-year-old striker in the wheels.

However, why risk getting injured a few weeks before the start of the NHL season, especially since a position at the big club might be reserved for him?

“It’s simple, he explains to the Pittman Arena website. I have a chance to represent my country again. What happened to me the first two times was very disappointing, so this is my chance to pick me up.”

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After being an important gear for the University of Michigan Wolverines in 2021-22, the American impressed with his professional start. He couldn’t find the back of the net, but made three assists in two NHL games, and then five in eight games in the shape of the Sharks.

According to the manager involved, the key to excel in the best hockey league in the world is consistency.

“You have no room for error, in fact. You make a careless mistake, and it ends up pinching in the back of your grate. In colleges and petite ranks you can get it, but not in [la LNH]. “

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Bordeleau is part of a select group of players who participated in the World Championships before participating in the World Junior Championships. He scored twice in eight matches in May and was able to play for the first time under new Sharks coach David Quinn. He also said he was excited about the idea of ​​”starting over” and taking advantage of the “many changes” within the Californian organization, which made Mike Greer its new general manager.

While waiting to wear turquoise this fall, Bordello, 5’10”, 175 pounds, said his goal is to improve his physical strength.

“I just need to get stronger,” he concluded. For example, I need to become more flexible in one-on-one battles. I need to get stronger, faster, stronger, just to be ready for the men’s competition.

“I think getting a lot of playing time [au Mondial junior] It will allow me to be ready for camp.”

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