QMJHL | “A perfect season” for Joshua Roy

A season of 50 goals and 119 points. The top scorer in the QMJHL. A first professional contract with the Canadian. “Honestly, it was a perfect season for me,” Joshua Roy said on the phone.

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Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
The press

Hard to find a better way to sum up the last eight months of the Canadian’s young hopes.

“Couldn’t have been much better,” he admits. But the series arrives and everything starts over. Everything we’ve done in the season no longer counts. †

It doesn’t count anymore, no, but it sure is positive for the rest of his career.

Roy’s sensational season started with a more than successful first training camp in Montreal. On his return to Sherbrooke, the 2021 fifth round wasted no time getting things started. He scored 30 points in his first 16 games and quickly took the lead in scoring.

“After the Montreal camp I was confident, but from there I know the season I know… I really didn’t expect that, he admits. It’s not something I trusted. †

My goal was to help my team win and we finished first in our division. I can say it’s a success, so it’s perfect.

Joshua Roy

In the final game of the season for the Phoenix, 1er In May, Roy scored a hat-trick against the Val-d’Or Foreurs to secure the Jean-Béliveau Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top scorer on the Courteau circuit. The battle for first place with Saint John Sea Dogs forward William Dufour will have dragged on to the end.

“I tried not to think about it” [dans le dernier match], but it was not feasible, admits de Beauceron. Wanting, not wanting, I was thinking about it. But I tried not to pressure myself with it. […] It didn’t matter if I finished second, third or fourth, it didn’t matter. I wanted to win and we did. †

That night he also marked his 50and goal of the season with a sharp and precise shot into the top of the net.

“I knew it was the 50 . used to beandhe admits. You could tell the guys were trying to persuade me to get it. It was a special moment. †

Successful new start

We’ve talked a lot about Joshua Roy’s career. The young man, who was selected first overall in the 2019 QMJHL Draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs, asked to be traded in January 2021. The maritime team responded to his request by sending him to the Sherbrooke Phœnix.

At Canadiens camp last fall, Roy said he’d lost 15 to 20 pounds over the past summer. Even now, when we ask him what he thinks has improved the most since his arrival in Estrie, he talks about this weight loss.

My physical condition has changed so much. The step I’ve taken with that… It’s huge. It’s so much like the ice that I’ve lost weight. I am lighter, faster. Everything is easier.

Joshua Roy

The young man has come a long way in the past year and a half. This transaction that brought him to the Phoenix was very beneficial.

“It didn’t go so well in Saint John, that’s why I asked for a trade,” he said. It was to make a fresh start, to start over. That’s what I wanted and I couldn’t have wished for better than to be traded to Sherbrooke. †


PHOTOGRAPH MARTIN TREMBLAY, PRESS ARCHIVES

Joshua Roy at the Canadian rookie camp

Roy has been in talks with Habs hockey development director Rob Ramage and player development coach Francis Bouillon in recent days.

“They are super happy with my game this year,” he says. They told me they were looking forward to seeing me at the development camp. †

Considering he is only 18 years old, Roy should most likely be back with the Phoenix next season. It’ll be either that or the Canadian.

“I want to take it step by step. I can’t skip a step, he insists. It is certain that I will arrive at the camp ready next year. It will happen what will happen. Anyway, I won’t be disappointed. I expect to come back to Sherbrooke and try to win again. I don’t really have any expectations. †

Joshua Roy and the Sherbrooke Phœnix will face Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs starting this Thursday.

Riley Kidney agrees with the Canadiens


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Riley Nier

The Canadiens have signed striker Riley Kidney to a three-year contract. The organization announced this in a press release on Wednesday. Nier, 19, was selected in the second round, 63and overall by the Habs in the 2021 draft. The center Acadie-Bathurst Titan finished the season seventh in QMJHL, scoring 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) in 66 games.

Katherine Harvey Pinard, The press

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