Centre Hugo Roy, the immensely popular captain of the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has committed to the Concordia Stingers and will join the team for training camp in August.
“Hugo is a great person,” said Concordia head coach Marc-André Elément. “First he’s a strong leader and he’s been the captain in Shebrooke for the last two years. He’s a complete player. He works hard offensively and twice as hard defensively. He’s going to be great for our hockey program.”
Roy played just over three seasons in QMJHL, suiting up in 210 games and collecting 67 goals and 60 assists for a total of 127 points. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the QMJHL’s most sportsmanlike player in 2016-17. In 68 games that season he had 60 points but just four minutes in penalties.
Roy attracted the attention of the Colorado Avalanche last summer. He attended their development camp in July, rookie camp in August and spent a week at their main camp before being sent back to junior hockey.Now the six-foot-one, 180-pound Cookshire, Que. native is looking forward to joining the Stingers and he brings a lot to the table.
“My best asset is my speed,” he said. “I also play both ways. As the captain and oldest on the team in Sherbrooke, I was good with the young players. I won’t be the oldest anymore, but maybe there will be a role for me in a couple of years.”
Elément is also pleased to have a top recruit who is very dedicated to academics. Roy has been accepted in the John Molson School of Business and will study Finance.
“I didn’t know a lot about university hockey,” Roy admits, “but when I started to talk to people and I met coach it was pretty much a done deal. I chose Concordia because it a good mix of hockey, people I know and because of the program at the John Molson School of Business.”