RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Nicolas Roy (nih-COH-la wah) to a three year, entry-level contract. On the NHL level, the deal will pay Roy $575,000 in 2016-17, and $650,000 in 2017-18 and 2018-19, or $67,500 per season in the minor leagues, plus a signing bonus of $240,000. Roy will join the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.
“Nicolas is a big and skilled center, and is coming off of a great season with Chicoutimi where he led QMJHL in goals,” said Francis. “We are excited to see him take the next steps in his development.”
Roy, 19, finished the 2015-16 season with 48 goals and 42 assists (90 points) in 63 games with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). His 48 regular-season goals led all QMJHL skaters, and his 90 points ranked seventh in the league. The Amos, Que., native was a finalist for QMJHL defensive forward of the year, and, following the season, was named Chicoutimi’s 2015-16 most valuable player and the team’s captain. Roy (6’4”, 202 lbs.) scored three goals and earned four assists (7 points) in six playoff games as the Sagueneens fell 4-2 in their first-round series against Cape Breton.
The Hurricanes drafted Roy in the fourth round, 96th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 194 career regular season QMJHL games with Chicoutimi, he has notched 80 goals, earned 101 assists (181 points) and accumulated 130 penalty minutes.