Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Roy's Status Uncertain for 2014-15

Eric Roy was instructing at the
Wheat Kings' Hockey School last week.
  Eric Roy still has a lot of uncertainty as he prepares for the 2014-2015 hockey season.

  The 20-year old defenceman could play professionally, but has yet to sign a contract with the Calgary Flames -- the team that chose him in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

  "Obviously, the goal of mine is to turn pro but you have to listen to what Calgary wants you to do," said Roy last week, "If I come back to Brandon, it'd be another great year for us and we're going to have a good team.  You have to go day-by-day...it would be good for my development to come back for another year."

  Roy got a taste of the pro game at the end of the last season, something he feels was pretty valuable to him.

  "I went up to Abbotsford for three weeks and it's way different than junior, that's for sure," said Roy, "It was a good learning experience for me.  Definitely after my second development camp (this past July), I felt a lot of confidence and it was a lot of fun."

  Roy, who had 11 goals and 44 points in 66 games with the Wheat Kings last season, has yet to sign a contract with the Flames but it's something he hopes will be taken care of this summer.

Chaff...the Regina Leader-Post reports that the Pats have hired Oak River product and former Wheat King John Paddock as their new head coach.  Paddock is expected to have a dual role with management powers, including hockey operations control...Wheat Kings' F Jayce Hawryluk is at Canada's National Junior Summer Development Camp this week, and will play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Czech Republic.  Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim will not play.

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