As the 2022 World Junior Championship starts over, San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Bordeleau may be the oldest player on the Team USA roster but he is likely also the most excited.
The tournament, which opened Tuesday in Edmonton, AB, was the third and final chance for Bordeleau to make the World Juniors roster and as the saying goes, third time’s the charm. In December of 2020, Bordeleau was cut from Team USA’s selection camp due to his roommate John Beecher testing positive for COVID-19 (it proved to a false positive). The following year, he would be left off the roster yet again due to testing positive himself. However, the 2022 tournament was postponed seven months, allowing for new roster selections and giving Bordeleau the opportunity he had been waiting for.
While he called the experience of being left off of the initial 2022 roster a dark and depressing time in his talk with Jon Morosi on NHL Network, Bordeleau has emphasized how excited he is for the chance to play at the World Juniors finally. He credits the San Jose Sharks for allowing him to make the decision to play in the tournament, but as for the decision itself?
Bordeleau told Morosi: “I was just really happy to have the chance to play with some of my old teammates again and leave my mark on the World Juniors.”
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