Thursday, 29 January 2015

Roy Set to Join 300 Club

Eric Roy in action during the 2010 pre-season (note the #6)
  Fifth-year defenceman Eric Roy will join an exclusive club on Friday night when the Brandon Wheat Kings host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Roy is set to become the ninth player in franchise history to play 300 games in a Wheat Kings’ uniform.

  “I think I’ve matured a lot.  I was that quiet kid, really shy coming from the smalltown of Beauval (Saskatchewan).  Over the past five years living in Brandon, its been really huge for me,” said Roy earlier this week, “I talk a lot now, very outgoing.  Sure am going to miss Brandon, it’s been a big part of my life, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

  Roy was Brandon’s first round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, 18th overall, and made his WHL debut in Brandon’s second game of the season in 2010-2011, going pointless and picking up an interference penalty in the Wheat Kings’ 3-1 victory in Regina.

  “I was really nervous...I didn’t really know much about the Western Hockey League,” said Roy, who wore #6 to start his career before switching to his familiar #7 in October of his rookie season, “I heard it was a really tough league and I was really excited but, at the same time, I was really nervous to play that game.  Here I am now, five years later, and it’s been a good ride.”

  Roy has been around for a lot of different seasons with the Wheat Kings, beginning in his rookie year (2010-2011) when Brandon was coming off their Memorial Cup host year and was one of five rookie defencemen on the roster.

  He survived three coaching changes, going from Kelly McCrimmon to Cory Clouston to Dwayne Gylywoychuk and back to McCrimmon, and feels this final season will be the one he remembers the most.

4 1/2 years later, Eric Roy in practice Thursday
  “It’s little sad at times but I’m just trying to enjoy it.  We have a really good hockey team here and we really want to go far in playoffs,” said Roy, “I just want to go out there and play every night and try and enjoy these last 23 games.  The season has been going by fast but its been a lot of fun so far.”

  There’s still a lot of work for Roy to do before his WHL career comes to an end.

  While he’ll end up one game short of Gylywoychuk for top spot in all-time games played IF he plays every game the rest of the season, Roy is hoping to add to his total of playoffs games played by quite a bit.

  The fifth round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2013 NHL Draft is also hoping to sign an entry-level contract with the Flames before the June 1st deadline, and could also possible move up the career lists of every offensive category among defencemen.

  Roy currently has 46 goals (8th all-time), 133 assists (8th all-time) and 179 points (6th all-time) in his Wheat Kings’ career.

Games Played Defenceman Goals Defenceman Assists Defenceman Points
323 - Dwayne Gylywoychuk 64 – Ryan Pulock 218 – Brad McCrimmon 279 – Brad McCrimmon
319 – Lance Monych 61 – Brad McCrimmon 200 – Cam Plante 248 – Cam Plante
318 – Brodie Melnychuk 56 – Andrei Lupandin 159 – Burke Henry 210 – Ryan Pulock
311 – Tim Konsorada 54 – Justin Kurtz 146 – Ryan Pulock 207 – Burke Henry
310 – Aaron Goldade 48 – Burke Henry 146 – Don Dietrich 200 – Justin Kurtz
309 – Dale McMullin 48 – Cam Plante 146 – Justin Kurtz 183 – Don Dietrich
302 – Ryan Craig 47 – Bob Woods 136 – Dwayne Pentland 179 – Eric Roy
300 – Randy Ponte 46 – Eric Roy 133 – Eric Roy 162 – Dwayne Pentland
299 – Eric Roy 37 – Colby Robak 126 – Wade Redden 159 – Andrei Lupandin
299 – Teegan Moore 37 – Don Dietrich 108 – Wayne Ramsey 153 – Wade Redden

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