Friday, May 25, 2012

Kevin Roy named USHL POY: Where will he play next year?

A record setting year has brought hardware to Lincoln Stars forward Kevin Roy, as he was named the player of the year in the USHL today.  Full details can be found here.  As for where he will play next year, read on!!!

Roy, an undrafted 19 year old, lit the lamp 54 times this year, adding 50 assists in all but one of the Stars 60 regular season games.  104 point is the highest ever in the USHL's 10 year history, and just 3 off the United States Tier I record set by Paul Young in 1989.

He was first in plus minus, power play points and had the second most game winning goals, while becoming the first tier I player to ever reach the 50 goal mark.
Next season Roy is slated to attend Brown University, but sources tell TPS that may not happen.  Now before you rush out and buy your Kevin Roy Quebec Remparts jersey, the CHL might not be his destination either.  Patrick Roy has reached out to the Roy - no relation - family but so far they aren't interested in the major junior route.  Roy's family really wants him to get an education while playing hockey and feel the NCAA is the best path.  But Brown might not be it, after all when you count Yan Danis, Tim Bothwell and Todd Simpson as your top alumni, it doesn't exactly scream next level development.  Instead TPS has been told the Roy camp is exploring getting out of his commitment and possibly playing for Boston University or Boston College if possible.  If was a betting man I would bet against Brown, and while 4 years at BU or BC would be good for Roy's development, don't count out Patrick's pursuit in Quebec.

Guy attended the USHL's top prospect game earlier this year and had a chance to watch Roy and talk to his Stars coach about him.  He told us the same thing Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast told me this week during the Mastercard Memorial Cup, that Roy reminds them both of former Colorado College Tiger Jaden Schwartz, which is pretty high praise.  Like Schwartz did, Roy could suit up for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.  I think you will see Roy make the trip to Russia with Hockey Canada this year so they can get a look at him before he heads off to college.

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