Matt Roy's emergence as a staple on the LA Kings blue line should come as no surprise to those who know him. The 2015 seventh-round draft pick from Canton, Michigan has earned his spot in lineup every night through hard work, dedication and composed play.
From U14 through U18, Roy's two-way play made him stand out in the Victory Honda AAA program in Michigan. So much so, that when his final season ended with Victory Honda, he instantly joined the Indiana Ice in the USHL. In his brief, yet successful two years with the Ice, Roy played in 34 regular season games and recorded 12 points (5-7=12). In that second season, Roy played a crucial role in the team's journey to winning the Clark Cup, the USHL Championship, tallying six points (2-4=6) in 12 playoff games.
Following his hoisting of the Clark Cup in the spring of 2014, Roy attended The University of Michigan Tech in the fall on a hockey scholarship. Back in his home state, Roy recorded nine assists and had a plus-21 plus/minus in 36 games as a freshman. Between his freshman and sophomore year, Roy's dream of playing in the NHL became one step closer when the defenseman was drafted by the Kings 194th overall in the seventh round.
Video: Draft Successes - Matt Roy
Roy continued to play at Michigan Tech for his sophomore and junior season where he recorded 46 points (12-34=46) and was an impressive plus-30 in 79 games. Foregoing his senior year, Roy signed his entry-level contract with the Kings and was assigned to the Ontario Reign.
From the 2016-17 season to the 2018-19 season, Roy played in 102 games for the Reign and tallied 47 points (12-35=47). During that 2018-19 season, Roy got the call-up to the Kings on February 16th, 2019 when the big club faced off against the Boston Bruins.
Less than a month into his NHL career, on March 14th, 2019, Roy tallied his first career NHL point when he assisted on an Austin Wagner goal against the Nashville Predators. One week later, on March 21st, 2019, Roy recorded his first career NHL goal against the San Jose Sharks on a one-timer from the point.
Video: SJS@LAK: Roy blasts one-timer for first NHL tally
Three seasons later, Roy has competed in 130 games for the Kings and recorded 34 points (8-26=34). Rewarded for his play, the defenseman inked a three-year extension with the Kings worth an average of $3,150,000 which is set to begin next season.