A few days before the start of the 2023 World Cup, the coach of the Blues Philippe Bozon now knows that he will have to do without two executives, namely Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Yohann Auvitu.
Double blow for the Blues. Before going to Tampere (Finland) to compete in the 2023 World Championship, which will also take place in Riga (Latvia) from May 12 to 28, Philippe Bozon was perhaps hoping for good news concerning Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, it will not be ultimately not the case. Indeed, recently eliminated in the first round of the play-offs, the Tampa Bay Lightning striker will miss international competition.
At 38, the only Frenchman to play in the NHL this year needs a rest after a big season and will therefore skip the World Cup. At the end of the contract with the Florida franchise, the native of Blanc-Mesnil will also play big this summer, he who will be “unrestricted free agent” (free to commit where he wants). In addition, Bozon will also have to do without Yohann Auvitu, another part of the selection.
Auvitu absent after his visit to Russia
Recently passed by the KHL (the Russian championship), if he has since left Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk to join Geneva-Servette, freshly titled champion of Switzerland, the French defender will not go to Finland because of the very complicated geopolitical context between the two countries, which share a common border, following the invasion of the Russian army in Ukraine for more than a year now. “In a very sensitive international context, which created a delicate situation for defender Yohann Auvitu, due to his passage in the Finnish then Russian championship, the latter preferred, in agreement with the FFHG, not to be part of the France group during the World Championships, which will be held in Finland, ”explained the French Ice Hockey Federation, in remarks collected by L’Equipe.
The French group currently in Norway:
Junca (Gap), Papillon (Bordeaux), Ylönen (Cergy-Pontoise), Boscq (Bordeaux), Chakiachvili (Rouen), Crinon (Grenoble), Dusseau (Angers), Gallet (KalPa), Guebey (Zurich), Llorca (Angers ), Onno (Grenoble), Thiry (Ajoie), Addamo (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), Bertrand (Ingolstadt), Boudon (Iowa), K. Bozon (Ajoie), T. Bozon (Lausanne), Claireaux (Rouen), Dubé (Laval), Fabre (Grenoble), Leclerc (Fehervar), Perret (Mountfield), Rech (Rouen), Ritz (Angers), Texier (Columbus) and Treille (Grenoble)