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Guards of Hockey Heaven-Derek Roy

The Guards of Hockey Heaven is back and Derek Roy is the subject of today’s post. After only playing in 35 regular season games last year due to a torn quad tendon, everyone is hoping that he can get off to the hot start he had last season.

Derek Roy was born on May 4, 1983 in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Roy played 4 years with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. During his rookie year in 1999-2000, he scored 87 points which lead the team.  At the end of the year he was named OHL Rookie of the Year. In 2001 Roy was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Next  season Roy scored 42 goals and 81 points a little drop off from his outstanding rookie season, but all in all not a bad Sophomore year. 2002-2003 was his last season in the OHL and it was probably his most memorable. Roy captained the Rangers to the OHL Championship game. During those playoffs Roy had 32 points in just 21 games. The Rangers captured the 2003 Memorial Cup and Roy was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy for the playoff MVP. During his time in the OHL, Roy played 242 games, scored 147 goals, assisted on 188, and sat in the sin bin for 323 minutes.

Roy began his AHL career in 2003 for the Rochester Americans and through the first 26 games, he had a point per game which prompt the Sabres to call him up to Buffalo. During his rookie season he recorded 19 points in 49 games. He was sent back to Rochester for the 2004-2005 season due to the NHL Lock Out. After the lockout was over Roy went to training camp for the 2005-2006 season, but didn’t make the team and was again sent to the Americans. It didn’t take Roy long to find he’s way back to Buffalo. Through 8 games with the Amerks, Roy scored 20 points. That was it for him in Rochester the Sabres called him back to Buffalo and Roy never looked back. Roy played 101 games for the Amerks where he scored 33 goals, had 74 helpers, and only 90 penalty minutes.

To finish the regular season Roy scored his first 2 career hat tricks just 6 days apart. His first came on March 3, 2006 against Toronto and just 6 days later on March 9, 2006 he grabbed number 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roy ended the 2005-2006 season with 46 point in the regular season and 15 more during the playoffs. 2006-2007 was the best team the Sabres have had ever. That year the Sabres captured their first ever Presidents Trophy, Roy during that season had 63 points. During Game 4 in Ottawa, Roy scored the fastest goal in Sabres history just 9 seconds into the game (the league record is 6 seconds). I don’t have to remind you that the Sabres were ousted by the Senators. On July 27, 2007 Roy signed a 6 year, $24 million contract. The 2007-2008 season may have been his best season statistically. Roy led the Sabres with 81 points and he was second in goals with 32. So far with the Sabres Roy has played 469 games, netted 144 goals, assisted on 239, and has been in the box for 277 minutes. All of these stats don’t reflex the start of this season.

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