Jimmy Roy’s Dream Still Alive

By Andrew Bourgeois
In Northwestern Ontario in the small town of Sioux Lookout on a cold Saturday afternoon it is Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. In goal is a young Jimmy Roy who stops shot after shot in the overtime until his team finally scores the game winner. Roy once again is a Stanley Cup winner. It is the dream of every young Canadian boy growing up playing hockey to win the Stanley Cup and for Jimmy Roy the dream is still alive.

Born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario Roy, began his hockey career like any other Canadian boy on the outdoor rink. “We used to play alot of hockey on the outdoor rinks and alot of street hockey, but I usually played in goal.” Roy said. “All the neighbour hood kids would come down to our place and we would play for hours. I think most of the time they would come and see me and my brother fight, but we all had fun.”

Like many young Canadian boys Roy left home at an early age to pursue a career in the sport he loved. ” I moved to Kenora, Ontario where I played triple A midget for 3 years then moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario and played junior A tier 2 with the Thunder Bay Flyers for a year in the USHL.”
After his one year stint in the USHL Jimmy took a different route in his hockey career. Instead of going to playy major junior A, Jimmy opted to go try the college route with Michigan Tech in the WCHA. After 2 years with Michigan Tech a new door opened for Jimmy when the opportunity to represent Canada on the Canadian National Team. “Anytime you have an opportunity to represent your country and put a maple leaf jersey on, its an honour and I wanted to take full advantage of it.” said Roy. Getting a chance to play in international tournaments gave Jimmy a wealth of experience that would lead him to turning pro with the Manitoba Moose of the IHL. “I think conditioning was a big thing after playing junior and colleg hockey and only playing 35-40 games a year.” he said. “With the National Team your playing 60 games, and when you turn pro you play 80 plus games and playoffs.”

After a year with the Canadian National team, the next stop was Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Manitoba Moose. To make it to the NHL, there are often a few stops along the way that give players the experience that they need to get to the top level. The Manitoba Moose presented themselves as the next stepping stone for Jimmy. “The opportunity to come to Winnipeg was presented to me and I jumped at the chance.” Roy said. “Its close to home and to my family. I used to come here to watch the Winnipeg Jets play as a kid. As a 21 year old coming to play for the Moose, it was kind alike playing for the Jets.”

Drafted by Dallas Stars in 1994 (seventh pick, 254th overall) Roy’s dream was getting one step closer. Last year before the Moose opened their training camp Roy attended the Los Angeles Kings training camp and this year Jimmy attended the Dallas Stars trainind camp. “In Dallas it was a good experience for me, I got to play in a few games where in LA I never had that opportunity. It was really amazing to play with guys like Brett Hull, Mike Modano.” said Roy. But sometimes in professional players life things don’t always go according to plan. ” I was dissapointed in not making the club, but on a good note I was given the opportunity to show what I can do and it earned me a contract with them, and I was told that I could get called up so I am hoping for the best.” said Roy. Giving his best is what Roy does. He is a player that will keep the opponet honest. His hard work ethic has paid off as Roy has become a huge fan favourite with kids and adults alike. Though he is only a few hours from his hometown and the backyard where he learned to play, for Roy its like being a big kid all over, only on a bigger rink.

TONIGHT IN THE IHL

Cincinnati Cyclones  2
Detroit Vipers       3  (overtime)
Jason Podollan scored an overtime goal as the Detroit Vipers edged the Cincinnati Cyclones, 3-2, snapping Detroit’s nine-game winless streak. Podollan scored his 13th goal of the season 2:06 into the extra session and has 10 points over his last 10 games. Kristian Kudroc and Kyle Freadrich had second-period tallies for the Vipers, who beat Cincinnati for the first time in seven games this season. Dieter Kochan stopped 32 shots for the win and improved to 6-9-3. Stefon Ustorf opened the scoring for the Cyclones, a power-play marker 49 seconds into the middle frame and Erik Cole scored 8:34 into the third stanza to tie the game at 2-2. Tyler Moss turned aside 21 shots and suffered the loss in his first start of the season as Cincinnati fell to 24-15-4.

IHL FASTFACTS

On May 21, 1993 the Fort Wayne defeats San Diego 6-1 to win the Turner Cup championship in four consecutive games. The Komets set a league record by winning 12 consecutive playoff games, after finishing the regular season with a five-game winning streak.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

January 18 1945 7687 fans wait at the Detroit Olympia as inclement weather makes the New York Rangers 3 hours late for the game.

DID YOU KNOW

During the 1985-86 season the Flint Generals recorded the most losses in one season when they lost 66 games in a 82 game season. They went 16-66-0 for the season.

IHL TRANSACTIONS

None to Report.

UPCOMING IHL ACTION


Friday January 19, 2001
Chicago Wolves        at Houston Aeros          7:30pm
Cleveland Lumberjacks at Cincinnati Cyclones    7:30pm
Manitoba Moose        at Utah Grizzlies         7:30pm
Milwaukee Admirals    at Grand Rapids Griffins  7:30pm
Orlando Solar Bears   at Kansas City Blades     7:30pm