COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Roy (pronounced WAH) has spent his five-year professional career in the Edmonton Oilers organization, tallying two goals and one assist for three points with 57 penalty minutes in 30 career NHL games. He has also registered 16-75-91 and 390 penalty minutes in 241 career American Hockey League games with Toronto, Edmonton, Hamilton and Springfield. In 2008-09, he notched 2-15-17 and 120 penalty minutes in 59 games with Springfield.
He appeared in a career-high 16 games with the Oilers in 2006-07, collecting 2-0-2 and 30 penalty minutes. He also set a career-high for penalty minutes in a game with 21 at Columbus on Feb. 22, 2007. The following season, he tallied 0-1-1 and 27 penalty minutes in 13 games with Edmonton. He had his best AHL season in 2004-05 when he notched 3-22-25 and 68 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Edmonton Roadrunners.
The Oilers' 10th pick, 215th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, Roy played four seasons with Val-d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1999-03, registering 19-58-77 and 393 penalty minutes in 183 career games. His best season was 2002-03 when he set career highs for goals, penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 11-21-32, 164 penalty minutes and was +17 in 52 games.
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