It was a great trip back home for UMass Lowell recruit Guillaume Leclerc. The forward help lead his France team to victory at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championship (Division 1, Group B) in Megeve, France.
With the victory over Poland in the final game, France secured their spot in the IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A for the 2017 games. It marks the first time France will compete in Group A since 2013. They have competed in the top level only once (2002).
During the tournament, Leclerc finished tallied six points (1g, 5a) over four games with two penalty minutes and a plus-four. His outstanding play earned him a spot as the Directorate Top Forward, even though his linemate Bastien Maia had 11 points (6g, 5a) over the four game tournament. Last year, Leclerc tallied six points (4g, 2a) as well.
The Besancon, France native will return stateside to re-join his Madison Capitols (USHL) for the rest of the season before making his way to Lowell to skate for the River Hawks in 2016-17.
This season for Madison, Leclerc has 15 points (8g, 7a) over 21 games. He skates on the same team as fellow UMass Lowell recruits Ryan Lohin and Garrett Metcalf. The trio will all join the River Hawks in the fall of 2016.
When Leclerc joins UMass Lowell, he will have been the third skater to play for UMass Lowell and for the France team in the WJC. He will join the ranks of Laurent Meunier and Yorick Treille, both of which also went on to skate for the France Olympic team.