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FUTURE WATCH | Marco Roy

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

“What’s in a name?”– Shakespeare

Well, apparently too many letters. Oilers 2010 second-round pick Marc-Olivier Roy has gone by the shortened form Marco for some time now.

“It’s just easier to say Marco,” he laughs. “There’s no reason for it, just everyone calls me it.”

The nickname has had its disadvantages though.

“When I was playing (Marco Polo) in the pool, I was always the first one gone,” he said. You would almost want to surrender with someone repeatedly screaming your name!

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The games as a kid were fun, but the array of bad Marco Polo punch lines Roy’s heard have gotten old for the 20-year-old Quebec native.

Child’s play aside, Roy is in his first season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts (following a trade from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada), and has a golden opportunity right in front of him as his new team is hosting the 2015 Memorial Cup.

“I was really excited this summer,” said Roy. “It’s a good challenge for me. The last three years (with Armada), I had the chance to go far in the playoffs but didn’t make the Mem Cup, so having the chance to end off my career with that is exciting.”

The Remparts will be in the Memorial Cup conversation no matter their regular season trajectory, being awarded a bye for taking on hosting duties. They currently sit second in the East division with a record of 25-13-2.

Roy has 17 goals and 13 assists over 31 games this season, and the QMJHL veteran has his fair share of post-season experience to offer to his new club (46 playoff games, 16 goals and 29 assists).  Having won two of three division titles as a part of the Armada squad from 2011-2014, Roy hopes that experience could help lead his team to CHL supremacy.

“The best way (to get to the championships) is to win (the league), because if you don’t everyone’s going to say you didn’t earn it. We want to win two cups, not just one,” Roy said.

The Remparts have won the Memorial Cup on two previous occasions, first in 1971 and then in 2006.  The latter being the rookie season for Patrick Roy as head coach of the Quebec club.

Roy and Roy’s paths didn’t cross as members of the Rempart family, but I can surmise if the younger Roy were to be a goalie prospect that he would find an idol in the hockey legend. Instead, the former 29-goal scorer (2012-13) looks to a different French Canadian for inspiration.

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“Martin St. Louis,” Roy said. “He’s from Quebec, he’s the smallest guy in the NHL and I think he’s the pride of Quebec.  He never got drafted and everyone told him he was too small and he worked harder then everyone (to be successful).  So I see him and as a Quebec guy, I think you can do whatever you want if you work hard like him.”

Words to live by. And the trade this summer presented an opportunity for Roy to put that philosophy into practice. Remparts Head Coach Phillip Boucher had a change in mind for the former right winger.

“He’s been good for us, we put him back at centre,” Boucher told Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now. “He played centre in youth hockey, not so much in junior.”

Roy embraces that change. “I like playing centre a bit more,” Roy admitted. “I have more responsibilities on the ice and I can use my speed more.”

It wasn’t a completely seamless transition however. “I still need to work on some things because the last three years I was playing wing, so this year I have some things to work on, like my faceoffs for example.”

A trait that is indicative of success is Roy’s attention to detail. Knowing your weakness can often be your biggest strength.

“I like to talk to other centremen to know what they do against a lefty versus a righty in different situations,” he said. “I work a lot at the end of practice and watch NHL centreman.”

Boucher sees Roy’s hard work is paying off.

“He’s been able to play in all situations, power play and penalty kill, and playing big minutes,” boasts the coach, who has high expectations for the pivot.

“I think Marco has played well, but he still has another gear,” Boucher said. “After 30 games under his belt, he’s ready to go for a big second half for us.”

With 28 games remaining before the elimination rounds begin, the lefty swing-man will look to add to his production and boost his 47.7% faceoff win statistic to help guide his team into the history books, capping off his final season in the QMJHL with a memorable championship run.

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, January 7, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 22 2 4 6 +11 24
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 32 1 2 3 -12 50
MATT FORD* F 30 32 11 12 23 -1 12
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 28 0 3 3 +2 14
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 22 29 6 10 16 +3 21
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 29 14 10 24 +7 6
BRAD HUNT D 26 21 7 15 22 +6 6
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 7 2 1 3 0 2
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 8 2 2 4 -2 0
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 30 1 2 3 -5 37
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 13 1 2 3 -1 24
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 17 0 3 3 -3 8
ANDREW MILLER F 26 33 10 15 25 +5 4
MITCH MOROZ F 20 28 0 2 2 -4 45
DAVID MUSIL D 21 29 0 2 2 -6 17
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 35 5 12 17 -4 6
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 29 11 8 19 +12 16
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 10 1 6 7 +4 40
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 32 2 7 9 +1 4
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 32 13 18 31 0 22
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 30 3 10 13 +2 10
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 18 12 2 3 5 +4 4
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 31 4 3 7 +1 35
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 24 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 9 1 7 8 +1 7
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 33 2 11 13 +11 31 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 19 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
15 6 12 18 +1 13 victoria (whl)
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 KELOWNA (WHL)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 34 14 18 32 +4 44 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 19 19 6 13 19 +3 34 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 36 18 29 47 +8 26 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 31 17 13 30 +8 16 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 18 6 11 17 +9 14 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 36 14 29 43 0 16 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 22 1 11 12 +9 48 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 16 6 8 14 +5 27 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 13 0 5 5 -1 20 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 17 4 5 9 +6 2 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 20 4 10 14 +8 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 41 18 12 30 -1 20 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 24 38 2 12 14 -12 22 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 41 7 7 14 -2 8 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 32 5 6 11 -6 48 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 6 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
28 1 3 4 -10 14 HK SAROV (VHL)
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 16 9 3 3   1 2.49 .916 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 23 7 9 4   0 4.33 .855 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 19 12 5 0   1 2.34 .924 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 12 4 7 1   2 2.44 .903 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 13 6 6 0   1 2.78 .904 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 21 8 9 2   1 3.22 .892 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 16 8 4 2   0 2.66 .901 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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