San Jose Shark prospect Thomas Bordeleau banned from Workforce USA as a result of COVID protocols – Pink Bluff Every day Information
Prospect San Jose Sharks Thomas Bordeleau will not be part of Team USA for the IIHF Junior World Championship in Edmonton, Alberta after his roommate at American selection camp, Boston Bruins Draft Pick John Beecher, tests positive for the coronavirus.
Team USA general manager John Vanbiesbrouck said he was informed of Beecher’s positive test early Saturday morning. Bordeleau and Beecher, teammates at the University of Michigan, had lived together in the warehouse in Plymouth, Michigan.
A spokesman for Team USA said after the test that, according to IIHF protocols, the players were removed immediately and are considered to be ineligible for the tournament, which starts on Christmas Day and ends on January 5th. Vanbiesbrouck said there was only one positive test.
“You were dejected,” said Vanbiesbrouck of Bordeleau and Beecher. “We appealed, did everything we could to understand and disseminate information, and spoke to our group of doctors. You had to return to the IIHF with these protocols. But the players were dejected. ”
The Boston Globe reported that Beecher and Bordeleau returned to the Michigan campus in Ann Arbor later Saturday. Beecher received a COVID follow-up test that came back negative, his father Bill told Globus.
According to the IIHF’s coronavirus protocol prior to the tournament, a single positive test disqualifies a player from participation. The American team planned to leave Plymouth for Edmonton later on Saturday for mandatory quarantine in Canada.
The 18-year-old Bordeleau can take part in the U20 tournament next year. However, Beecher turns 20 in April and is not eligible.
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“I would say it was protocol related, not directly related to coronavirus,” Vanbiesbrouck said. “Nothing similar was found except that a test came back. We’re bound by the rules that if a test comes back, we have to fight back. ”
The Americans, considered one of the strongest teams in the tournament alongside Canada, Russia and Sweden, carry 13 forwards, nine defenders and three goalkeepers. Team USA initially wanted to keep 14 strikers and eight defenders. The USA team’s first exhibition game is December 20th against Switzerland and the first round game against Russia on December 25th.
“It’s not optimal, but we have really strict protocols,” said Vanbiesbrouck.
Bordeleau, selected by the Sharks in the second round of the NHL Draft in October as the 38th overall round, was considered a safe bet for the American team. A fluid playmaker with a high hockey IQ, Bordeleau had 10 points in eight games in his first season with the Wolverines and is already considered one of the Sharks’ best prospects.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters on Friday, Bordeleau said he and his father, former NHL player Sebastien Bordeleau, participated in the 2017 US-Canada gold medal game at the Bell Center in Montreal. Troy Terry, now with the Anaheim Ducks, scored the only goal in the shootout that brought the Americans to a 5-4 win.
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“That was just crazy. The atmosphere at the Bell Center was just crazy, ”said Bordeleau. “I remember being there with my father. Watching that game was like, “Wow, I really want to be part of it one day.” It was just something special. I will sure remember this for a while. ”
The Sharks will have additional representatives in the Juniors of the World, which run from Christmas Day through January 5th. Defender Artemi Kniazev and striker Yegor Spiridonov both made up the Russia squad, and defender Santeri Hatakka made up the Finnish squad.
The three players, all 19 years old, were drafted by the Sharks last year. Kniazev was the Sharks’ top pick in 2019, finishing 48th overall in the second round.
Bordeleau became a social media sensation last month after a video of an overtime goal that Bordeleau scored for Michigan versus Wisconsin went viral online.
Bordeleau took a pass from teammate Owen Power, looped a toe around a sprawling Badgers defender in the Wisconsin zone, then ran in and froze the opposing goalkeeper before considering a shot for a Wolverines win.
“My friends were pretty excited, my family,” said Bordeleau. “It wasn’t my best game and my dad was always pretty excited about games. After that goal, he said, “Okay, I’ll give you a free pass to this game.” Just a fun moment with the guys. ”
What. A target. Thomas Bordeleau (#SJSharks) secures the 2-1 win for @UMichHockey in extra time. Just unreal. pic.twitter.com/425swgMr4h
– JD Burke (@JDylanBurke) November 21, 2020
Bordeleau said he didn’t know when he was going to turn pro. Sharks players Mario Ferraro and Dylan Gambrell played college hockey for two and three years, respectively, before signing with San Jose.
“I’m just trying to go a little bit from year to year,” said Bordeleau. “I couldn’t really tell you how many years I will be staying in Michigan or what my plan is. It’s really just about feeling when I feel ready to take the plunge.
“As soon as I get the feeling, or the (sharks) feel like I can help San Jose win and not only play in the NHL but also play in the NHL. I think then I’ll want to make the jump for sure . ”