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01 Oct 16:  Matt Roy (Michigan Tech - 3). The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs host the Michigan Technological University Huskies in a non-conference matchup at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN. (Jim Rosvold/USCHO.com)
Michigan Tech defenseman Matt Roy compiled 26 points from the back end during the 2016-17 season, good for third on the team overall (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Michigan Tech junior defenseman Matt Roy signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, giving up his senior season with the Huskies.

Roy appeared in 42 games in 2016-17, leading the team with 21 assists and 29 penalties. He was also third in points with 26 after also scoring five goals.

Roy was named to the All-WCHA First Team after putting up 16 points in league games and helping lead the defensive corps that allowed only 2.11 goals per game. He was tied for 11th in the WCHA with eight points (three goals, five assists) on the power play. Roy was on both the coaches’ and the media’s Preseason All-WCHA Teams after being an All-WCHA Second Team selection in 2015-16.

Originally a seventh-round pick (194th overall) of the Kings at the 2015 NHL Draft, Roy appeared in 115 games over his three season with the Huskies, recording 55 points on 12 goals and 43 assists. He set a career-highs this season in points (26) and assists (21) and had the assist on a game-winning goal six times, including Shane Hanna’s double-overtime goal in the WCHA championship game that secured Tech’s bid to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons.

  • wingding

    Ouch! This is what I hate about college hockey…. they should make a rule no entering pro’s till after your senior year

    • Roaring Aardvark

      My understanding is that the NCAA can’t prevent it, and IMHO any attempt to do so would simply gut the US college hockey system – the kids would simply go into the Canadian junior program, where they’d have more options. The NHL/NHLPA (and presumably the minor league equivalents) could possibly write language into their CBAs, but I doubt that would be a priority to either of them. And, that would only apply to the NCAA, driving players back into the Canadian junior system.

      A possible solution would be for the NCAA to change its rules on professionalism, and basically allow players who sign with NHL teams to return to their college team if they don’t make the big club – just like they do with underage (U-21, I believe) Canadian junior players. Of course, if the young man played US junior and entered college at age 21, there’d be no return window for that player – he’d be sent to a minor-league affiliate, just like they are now.

      I suppose that having young men talented enough to have a shot at the NHL, along with the risk of losing them, isn’t a bad problem for a college program to have.

      Tech got three years of fine play from Matt Roy, I wish him the best, hope he finishes his degree work, and look forward to seeing him in the NHL some day.

  • wingding

    Ouch! This is what I hate about college hockey…. they should make a rule no entering pro’s till after your senior year

    • Roaring Aardvark

      My understanding is that the NCAA can’t prevent it, and IMHO any attempt to do so would simply gut the US college hockey system – the kids would simply go into the Canadian junior program, where they’d have more options. The NHL/NHLPA (and presumably the minor league equivalents) could possibly write language into their CBAs, but I doubt that would be a priority to either of them. And, that would only apply to the NCAA, driving players back into the Canadian junior system.

      A possible solution would be for the NCAA to change its rules on professionalism, and basically allow players who sign with NHL teams to return to their college team if they don’t make the big club – just like they do with underage (U-21, I believe) Canadian junior players. Of course, if the young man played US junior and entered college at age 21, there’d be no return window for that player – he’d be sent to a minor-league affiliate, just like they are now.

      I suppose that having young men talented enough to have a shot at the NHL, along with the risk of losing them, isn’t a bad problem for a college program to have.

      Tech got three years of fine play from Matt Roy, I wish him the best, hope he finishes his degree work, and look forward to seeing him in the NHL some day.