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Melanie Bordeleau was one of 15 female officials assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to work at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Having grown up in Gatineau, Quebec, she earned a gold medal with Team Quebec at the 1997 Canadian Under-18 nationals. This was followed by a silver medal (once again with Quebec) at the 1999 Canada Winter Games. Of note, Winter Games gold medal winning goaltender Charline Labonte, was a teammate of Bordeleau’s on the Winter Games squad. Two seasons of collegiate hockey in Montreal (with Jean-de-Brebeuf) was followed by a stint during the 2001-02 NWHL season as a defender with the now-defunct Ottawa Raiders.
In later years, Bordeleau would also serve as an official at the Canada Winter Games, one of the few women in the history of the event to have participated as both a player and an official. During the 2012-13 season, she would also make history as the first female referee for a Midget AAA match in Quebec.
Bordeleau can be seen officiating at Montreal Stars home contests. In addition, she has also served as a referee at the Clarkson Cup, the CWHL’s showcase event Of note, she has been involved in officiating at the IIHF Women’s World Championships from 2011-13. During the 2012 edition, held in Burlington, Vermont, she was the first-ever Canadian to serve as a referee in the gold medal game.
Other officiating assignments in Canada have included the Esso Cup (Canadian national women’s midget hockey champion) along with the 2010 Four Nations Cup in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Having served in Canada’s military for three years, she is an avid golfer in her spare time. Currently employed as a registered nurse, she also works with the homeless in downtown Montreal. Her work includes assisting those suffering from numerous addiction problems.