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San Jose, CA – The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), top developmental affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), and general manager Joe Will announced today that the team has signed center Thomas Bordeleau to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).
“We are very proud of all that Thomas accomplished during his two years at Michigan and are excited to have him join the Barracuda and play some professional games,” said Tim Burke, Sharks Assistant General Manager.
Bordeleau just finished his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, helping guide the Wolverines to a Frozen Four appearance in which he scored to force overtime in an eventual 3-2 loss to Denver University in the semifinal. On a Michigan team that featured seven first rounders, Bordeleau finished tied for fourth in points (37), fifth in goals (12), third in assists (25), and sixth in plus/minus (+18).
In 2020-21, Bordeleau was the recipient of the Tim Taylor Award, given out annually to the best first-year player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey after leading all freshmen in scoring with 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists). He finished his NCAA career with 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) in 61 games.
A native of Terrebonne, Quebec, Bordeleau was born in Houston, Texas, while his father Sebastien was playing professional hockey, which allowed for Thomas to play two seasons at the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) before his time at Michigan.
The five-foot-nine, 179-pound center-man, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2020 NHL Draft (second round, 38th overall).