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Derek Roy



 Derek Roy

Derek Roy (born May 4, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

[edit]Junior career

Roy led the Kitchener Rangers of the 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. He was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The next season, Roy set OHL career highs in goals and points and continued to be the Rangers’ leading scorer.

In the Fall of 2002, Roy played for the Sabres in their preseason 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 capturing the 2003 Memorial Cup. Roy won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP.

[edit]Buffalo Sabres

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

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Roy skates with the Sabres in 2010.

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 8 games with the Americans (including a few 5-point performances),[citation needed] he was called up to the Sabres once again. He finished the season with his first two NHL hat tricks on March 3, 2006 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and March 9, 2006 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[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 semi-finals but lost to the eventualStanley Cup champions, the Carolina Hurricanes.

In 2006–07, Roy improved to 63 points as the Sabres captured the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best regular season record. Meeting the Ottawa Senators in the Sabres’ second consecutive semi-finals appearance, Roy scored the fastest goal to start a playoff game in franchise history nine seconds into game four (the league record is six seconds[citation needed]). After the Sabres were eliminated by the Senators, Roy agreed to a 6-year, $24 million deal with the Buffalo Sabres in the off-season, on July 27, 2007.[2]

In his first season under the new contract, Roy led the Sabres in points with 81 and was second in goals with 32 and assists with 49. With the departures of co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere, the Sabres failed to make the playoffs.

During the 2010–11 season, after leading the Sabres’ in points for the first 35 games, Derek 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’ first-round series against the Flyers, which would prove to be the last game of their season.

[edit]Dallas Stars

On July 2, 2012, Roy was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy.

[edit]International play

In Roy’s last year of major junior hockey, he was selected to play for Team Canada in 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]

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

[edit]Awards

[edit]Career statistics

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
NHL totals 549 161 266 427 331 41 7 18 25 32

[edit]International statistics

Year Event GP G A Pts PIM
2003 WJC 6 1 2 3 4
2008 WC 9 5 5 10 6
Senior int’l total 9 5 5 10 6
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