Derek Roy

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Derek Roy
Derek Roy - Edmonton Oilers.jpg
Roy in February 2015.
Born (1983-05-04) May 4, 1983 (age 32)
Rockland, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Buffalo Sabres
Dallas Stars
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 2001
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2003–present

Derek Leonard Roy (born May 4, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently a free agent. Roy has played in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers. He was originally drafted in the second round, 32nd overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Roy led the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 87 points during the 1999–2000 season, and won the OHL Rookie of the Year trophy. The next season, he scored 42 goals and 81 points whereupon he was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft at the end of the season. The next season, 2001–02 Roy set his OHL career highs of 43 goals and 89 points and continued to be the Rangers' leading scorer.

In the Fall of 2002, Roy played for the Sabres in their pre-season games. Despite his strong showing, he returned to the Rangers for the 2002–03 season, his last in the OHL. Roy captained the Rangers to an OHL championship, amassing 32 points in 21 playoff games en route to also capturing the Memorial Cup, where he also won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's MVP.

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Roy began the 2003–04 season with the Sabres' then-minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL). After scoring at a point-per-game pace after 26 games with the Americans, he was called up to the NHL and played the majority of the season in Buffalo, tallying 19 points in his 49-game rookie season.

Roy with the Sabres in 2012.

Roy was back with the Americans the next season due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. He failed to make the Sabres out of training camp when NHL play resumed in 2005–06. After scoring 20 points in eight games with the Americans, including a multiple five-point performances),[citation needed] he was recalled to the Sabres. He finished the season with his first two NHL hat-tricks on March 3, 2006, against the Toronto Maple Leafs and March 9 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively.[1] Roy then complemented a 46-point second-year season with 15 points in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Sabres advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Carolina Hurricanes.

In 2006–07, Roy improved to 63 points as the Sabres captured the Presidents' Trophy with the NHL's best regular season record. Meeting the Ottawa Senators in the Sabres' second consecutive Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance, Roy scored the fastest goal to start a playoff game in franchise history, nine seconds into Game 4 (the League record was previously six seconds[citation needed]). After the Sabres were eliminated by the Senators, Roy agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract extension with the Sabres on July 27, 2007.[2]

In his first season under the new contract, Roy led the Sabres in points (81) and was second in goals (32) and assists (49). With the departures of co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Brière to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively, the Sabres failed to make the 2008 playoffs.

During the 2010–11 season, after leading the Sabres in points for the first 35 games, Roy suffered a torn quad tendon that would put him out for the rest of the regular season. He would return for just the seventh game of the Sabres' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Philadelphia, which would prove to be the last game of their season.

Later years[edit]

Approaching the last year of his contract, on July 2, 2012, Roy was traded by the Sabres to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. Due to the effect of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Roy played in just 30 games with the Stars in the 2012–13 season before, on April 2, 2013, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for prospect Kevin Connauton and a second-round draft pick in 2013.[3] Roy registered an assist in his first game as a Canuck, against the Edmonton Oilers.

Left to explore free agency by the Canucks, on July 6, 2013, Roy and the St. Louis Blues agreed in principle to a one-year, $4 million contract.[4] On July 11, he officially signed the deal.

After a single season with the Blues, Roy was again a free agent, whereupon he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators on July 15, 2014.[5] Well into the 2014–15 season, on December 29, 2014, he was then traded to the Edmonton Oilers.[6]

International play[edit]

In Roy's last year of major junior hockey, he was selected to play for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He brought home a silver medal and received player of the game honours with a crystal puck.[citation needed]

Roy made his next international appearance at the 2008 World Championships with Canada's men's team. In the quarter-finals, he scored a hat-trick against Norway in an 8–2 win.[7] Roy earned another silver medal with Canada as they were defeated in overtime of the gold medal game by Russia.

Roy was also selected for the 2010 Winter Olympics summer roster for Canada in August 2009, though he did not make the final roster cut.[8]

Personal[edit]

Roy is a native of Rockland, Ontario. He used to sponsor the minor hockey team in Clarence Creek, the "Clarence Castors" or Clarence Beavers; he would supply the players with sticks.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Kitchener Rangers OHL 66 34 53 87 44 5 4 1 5 6
2000–01 Kitchener Rangers OHL 65 42 39 81 114
2001–02 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 43 46 89 92 4 1 2 3 2
2002–03 Kitchener Rangers OHL 49 28 50 78 73 21 9 23 32 14
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 26 10 16 26 20 16 6 8 14 18
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 9 10 19 12
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 67 16 45 61 60 9 6 5 11 6
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 8 7 13 20 10
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 18 28 46 57 18 5 10 15 16
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 21 42 63 60 16 2 5 7 14
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 32 49 81 46
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 28 42 70 38
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 26 43 69 48 6 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 10 25 35 16 1 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 17 27 44 54
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 30 4 18 22 4
2012–13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 1 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 9 28 37 30 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 26 1 9 10 2
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 11 11 22 22
NHL totals 738 189 335 524 391 49 7 20 27 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC 2nd 6 1 2 3 4
2008 Canada WC 2nd 9 5 5 10 6
2009 Canada WC 2nd 9 4 4 8 4
Junior totals 6 1 2 3 4
Senior totals 18 9 9 18 10

Awards[edit]

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