Hermantown’s Sophie McGovern recently signed a professional contract to play with TPS of the ten-team Naisten Liiga in Finland.
This past winter McGovern completed her senior season at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, helping the Cadets go 23-4-2 and advance to the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The forward finished second in the nation in scoring with 44 points on 19 goals and 25 assists.
McGovern helped Norwich win four straight New England Hockey Conference tournament titles while making four straight NCAA appearances, going 94-18-8 over that span.
McGovern scored the game-winning goal with 1:31 left in the third period as the Cadets won their second national championship in 2018 with a 2-1 win over Elmira. The 2016 News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year finished her college career with 60 goals and 85 assists for 145 points, ranking fourth all-time in program history in points and second and assists.
Teammate Kirsten Watts of Chugiak, Alaska, also signed with TPS, with the duo becoming the seventh and eighth Norwich women’s hockey players to sign professional contracts in program history.
Norwich’s Amanda Conway of Methuen, Massachusetts, who led the nation in scoring at 32-27—59, was drafted in the fourth round of last week’s National Women’s Hockey League draft by the Connecticut Whale.