Sophie Leclerc is returning to her alma mater as the head coach of the Norwich women’s hockey team.

Leclerc, who has been an assistant coach with the Colgate women’s hockey team for the last four seasons, returns to Division III Norwich and Central Vermont where she played four seasons beginning with the 2007-08 season. LeClerc is a Barre, Vt. Native.

She takes over at Norwich for Mark Bolding, who became the head coach of the Yale women’s team in April.

“I am humbled and feel extremely fortunate to accept the position of head women’s hockey coach at my alma mater,” Leclerc said in a statement. “Together, our staff and players will continue to embrace the overall mission of Norwich and represent our institution, program and community, on and off the ice, with purpose, enthusiasm, and excellence.”

Leclerc, who helped Norwich win its first national title in 2011, ranks as the all-time program assists leader and is second in a majority of other offensive categories, including career points. She scored 72 goals (third) and tallied 91 assists for 163 points in 112 career games.

"Norwich is getting a strong leader, great coach and even better person to lead its women's hockey program into the future,” Colgate coach Greg Fargo said in a release.

Leclerc helped Colgate compile a 101-36-10 record over the last four seasons. Her stint included helping Colgate make its first NCAA appearance and led to the Raiders advancing all the way to the national championship game during the 2017-18 season.

Cannata on the move

For Utica Comets goaltender Joe Cannata is continuing his career overseas.

Cannata, who played parts of three seasons with Utica from 2013 to 2016, signed a one-year contract with IF Björklöven. The team plays in the second-highest level of professional hockey in Sweden.

Cannata said in a release on Björklöven’s website that fellow former Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson told him good things about Swedish hockey.

The 29-year-old Cannata spent this past season with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) while under NHL contract with the Colorado Avalanche. In 40 games with Utah, Cannata had a 2.88 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. He helped Colorado – then in the ECHL – win the Kelly Cup in 2017-18.

The Massachusetts native had career-bests in his final season with Utica in 2015-16 in games played (40), wins (20) and shutouts (2). His 34 total wins rank fourth-most on the Comets’ career list.